Super Bowl, Super Statistics
The 2015 Super Bowl may go down as one of the best professional football championships in history, but it also is breaking new ground for wireless connectivity. The nation's top two wireless service providers released fantastic numbers regarding the amount of voice and data connections that took place inside and around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
John Donovan, AT&T's senior executive vice president of AT&T Technology and Operations, provided these insights: "The amount of data our customers streamed in and out of the stadium was higher than ever before. It was a new record for us not only at a pro football championship game, but for any pro football game ever."
AT&T said the total in-venue data usage was more than 696 gigabytes, which is the equivalent of 1.9 million social media posts with photos. When totaling data usage from both AT&T's in-stadium Distributed Antenna System (DAS) network and its outside DAS, which covered the parking lot areas, the operator said more than 1.7 terabytes of data was consumed, which is the equivalent of 4.8 million media posts with photos.
To help prepare for the onslaught of predicted traffic, AT&T enhanced the network by adding 13 new or upgraded DAS at nearby locations, including the stadium. Indeed, the operator tripled capacity of the DAS compared to the end of the 2013 football season, Donovan noted. University of Phoenix Stadium is also the first venue in which AT&T deployed four-carrier LTE coverage, which enables customers to experience a faster and more reliable network.
Likewise, Verizon Wireless noted that during the festivities, it handled 4.11 terabytes of data on its network, double the amount of traffic in 2014. Nearly 60% of that traffic coming from smartphones and 93% of the traffic running over Verizon's LTE network. The total number of messages sent clocked in at 3.67 billion.
You can get more statistics from AT&T at the big game here.
You can get more statistics from Verizon Wireless at the big game here.
And a special shout out to Galtronics, whose antennas were used to build out the DAS.