AT&T and Verizon together handled 2.5TB data generated by SuperBowl attendees

AT&T and Verizon together handled 2.5TB data generated by SuperBowl attendees
The 2014 edition of the SuperBowl may have well set a new record with some 115 million simultaneous viewers last Sunday, but it doesn't end there. The amounts of data devoured by the 85,000 attendees at the MetLife stadium also set unprecedented records, with about 2.5TB of data being decimated by AT&T and Verizon subscribers during the game. That's on the premises of the stadium alone.

The lion share of that is made up by Verizon's data-hungry customers, who ate through 1.9TB (an 800% increase over SuperBowl 2013) on their own. AT&T, on the other hand, accounted for 'just' 624GB of data, as we reported the other day. We're obviously unaware of the exact split between Verizon and AT&T spectators, but one good reason for the massive difference is the fact that the former is the official mobile provider for the NFL. 

In fact, according to Big Red, work began up to 18 months before the game was scheduled to take place, with the goal of fortifying its 4G LTE network on site. An undisclosed number of cell towers were added outside of the stadium itself, not to mention that the carrier's Distributed Antenna System (DAS) was also upgraded to accommodate the expected surge in demand for data. Verizon says that it even installed extra antennas inside the on-field Verizon board.

If anything, this is just a taste for the kinds of infrastructure that will be required in the near future, with more and more 4G LTE-enabled devices being switched on and ever more data-intensive activities becoming commonplace. Fast as the latest, commercially-available standard may be on paper, we're all literally in the same bandwidth boat, and there's a limit to how many people can access the internet at the marketed speeds. In other words, the move into a mobile-first world is not going to be a trivial walk in the park. Not for carriers, anyway.

source: AT&T, Verizon



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So basically everyone used up their data allowance that day.

2. McFrost69

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Disseminate is the verb you're obviously searching for, not decimate. Decimate is what the Seahwks did to the Broncos.

3. Korgoth22

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Decimate works just fine in the context of his sentence, way to be a smarmy prick though...

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

Korgoth22 is absolutely right. Decimate, as used in the context of the sentence, is perfectly legit. He's essentially just saying that those users destroyed or "went through" that much data.

4. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

sooooo vzw is just going to leave all their equipment there?...over $150 mill they spent...seems like they should of just put some COW's there..along with the other carriers...waste of money for a one day event

6. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Sprint users had no service to use, like always lol.

8. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

It's the home field for the Giants and Jets, I'm pretty sure it's not just here to stay but they will keep improving it. This is why VZW service is the most expensive but also the best. If you think a couple of COWs or COLTS could do the same or even a quarter of the work with infrastructure they put in you must be out of your mind.

5. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

2.5tbs? That's it? False, the Broncos self-disseminated, Smarmy Prick.

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