Ahh..the “Big Game” it pushes the limit of a lot of services: pizza places, electric companies, the Vegas betting system, my wife’s patience, etc… One thing that you never think out is wireless networks. That’s right there is a stadium full of people and guess what they all have cell phones on them and they all love to share with their friend that they are at the big game. This use of wireless network goes up quickly if something big happens like…I don’t know the stadiums power goes out. I got a hold of some amazing stats from the big game on what was happening on the AT&T network during the game.
- AT&T’s peak hour of data usage at the Big Game occurred during halftime and the stadium’s temporary power outage, from 8 to 9 pm EST. AT&T customers consumed 78 GB during this hour on our in-stadium mobility network, which is nearly double the amount of data that AT&T customers used during the peak hour at last year’s Big Game in Indianapolis.
- During the hour of halftime and the stadium’s temporary power outage, from 8 to 9 pm EST, customers made more calls, sent nearly twice as many SMS texts and consumed approximately 10 GB more data than they did during any other hour of the Big Game on our in-stadium mobility network.
- Total data usage was 388 GB – the highest volume of data we’ve ever carried on our in-stadium mobility network during a Championship game. This is more than an 80 percent increase in total data traffic compared to last year’s game in Indianapolis
- Our customers made lots of calls too. In fact, more than 73,000 mobile calls were made on our in-stadium mobility network.
Cells phone and the conveniences they bring are almost overlooked in this day and age however from the stats I am seeing above it seems that the New Orleans power grid wasn’t the only thing tested that day.
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