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Verizon subs at the Super Bowl to bask in 4x greater network capacity

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As you might have heard from here and there already, there is a Super Bowl event in Houston this Sunday, and hundreds of Verizon technicians have been prepping the local network for two years now. As a result, Big Red subscribers may find carrying capacity solace at the stadium and throughout Houston gathering areas. Verizon told us they have increased the power of its network there with 450% over the course of those two years, and peak LTE speeds with 50% by using carrier-aggregation techniques. How did they do it? Well, here's what Verizon laid out in particular:

  • Built 23 new permanent cell sites
  • Installed 220+ permanent small cells installed
  • Doubled capacity through major routes in and out of downtown
  • Deployed 24 Nodes on Wheels (NOWs) to increase capacity and coverage
  • Deployed three channel carrier aggregation leading to greater network peak speeds
  • Positioned Mobile cell sites throughout the city
  • Installed an antenna system to reach the lower stadium seats

After numerous incidents of dropped calls and inability to stream, share or watch video from packed stadiums during big gatherings like the Super Bowl in years prior, carriers are now taking the hint, and boosting up their advanced network features at such events. We wonder if T-Mobile will again have a direct face-off with Verizon's network speeds at the Super Bowl, like it did last year, for everyone's grand entertainment.

source: Verizon

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