Super Bowl Prompting More Bandwidth For Stadium

It’s frustrating when you can’t get online because 50K other fans are hogging all of the bandwidth. When I was at the NFL Draft, I planned on live-tweeting the event. But for over 4 hours, my phone refused to connection to the Internet!

Even more frustrating was having this Eagles blogger sitting next to me, tweeting his ass off. We both had iPhones, but his was on Verizon, mine on AT&T.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time I’ve dealt with issues like this. But this AP story from The Chicago Tribune makes me optimistic about Super Bowl XLVI:

Cellphone companies have started working to expand the data bandwidth for wireless devices that will be available around Lucas Oil Stadium ahead of February’s Super Bowl.

The project is needed because of the increased bandwidth demand expected at the stadium, where those attending major events now have trouble getting cellphone signals.

Wireless providers are studying data use from this year’s Super Bowl to determine what infrastructure is needed at the three-year-old Lucas Oil Stadium, said Eric Mann, Verizon Wireless engineering director.

“We sent a team of local engineers to Dallas the week before the Super Bowl, and stayed there through the game,” Mann told the Indianapolis Business Journal. “We’re analyzing the call mix from Dallas, and now we’re building our system here based on that information.”

NFL officials will continue to monitor handling of the bandwidth situation leading up to the Feb. 5 game, but “do not anticipate any issues at this point,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

If nothing else, I’m hoping that Verizon’s 4G network isn’t as congested as the rest.. 🙂

In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I have received a Motorola Droid Bionic from Verizon Wireless free of charge, in return for my agreement to blog about my experiences with the Droid Bionic. Although I have a material connection to Verizon Wireless, any publicy stated opinions of Verizon Wireless and their products remain my own.

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