Wireless capability at the Superbowl
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Ever since I bought my husband a chromecast for Christmas last year, our TV has gotten quite a bit of usage through streaming. And so when it came to this year's Superbowl Party, we decided to put our internet and streaming capabilities to the test. I was pleasantly surprised by the fluidity of the streaming and the whole family watch the entire program with very little hiccups. Even more impressive was the fact that for a brief hiatus, when our dog accidentally tripped over the router cable, we used our smartphone as a hotspot and the streaming still continued flawlessly. Astounded by the sheer capability, capacity and performance of modern day telecommunications, I was curious to see how the telecom giants fared at the Superbowl. Here is what i found (from FierceWireless):
Verizon said the total customer in-stadium data usage was 1.9 Terabytes, a Superbowl record.
AT&T said its total data usage in stadium was 624 Gigabytes, the highest usage it has seen ever at a one-day sporting event.
What's even more interesting is the fact that even at such high usage levels, the speed of data was still incredibly competitive between the three telecom giants.
Of course providing this high performance was not without foresight and planning. According to CNET, Verizon had started prepping its network 18 months before the game. AT&T had built more than 500 antennas and 6.4 miles of cable and Sprint had started its improvement project back in 2012.
Could you imagine if Verizon suddenly faced a network outage during the Superbowl? Or if AT&T's 4G suddenly crashed during the Bruno Mars Half-time show? I know my family would probably have a riot. As data usage and prevalence grows in every aspect of our lives, communication service providers will be facing even more pressures on the fronts of performance and customer experience. The foundational pillers of network, operations, and service will become even more essential in the eyes of picky consumers. Things like service resiliency and continuous deployment will no longer be competitive advantages but absolute necessity. How many times did you use your phone during the Superbowl?
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About the author:
Jiani (pronounced "Johnny") Zhang is the new Global Market Manager for Electronics and Telco Industries for Rational. Born with a love for tech and an engineer at heart, she is an avid gadget collector and gamer. Coming from a background in electronics and management consulting, she is excited to join the Rational family and explore the telecommunication industry.