DAS, LTE, 5G: Carriers Throwing Everything They’ve Got Behind Connecting 2018 Super Bowl

All the big boys — Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T — have been investing heavily in connecting not just U.S. Bank Stadium, but the greater Minneapolis — St. Paul metro area in the run up to what promises to be the most connected, and data hungry, crowd in history.

According to Verizon’s point-man on Super Bowl wireless connectivity Brian Mecum, last year’s Super Bowl used 11 terabytes of data. And with soaring video demand, there’s no telling how much bandwidth will be consumed the day of the big game. He told the Patriots blog the company has been building up its DAS capacity in the area. Verizon also promises to have 100 techs at the stadium ready to troubleshoot on the ground in case of any hardware failures or malfunctions, Mecum said.

AT&T is using the attention surrounding the Super Bowl for a high-profile roll out of its 5G technology, which its been deployed at the stadium and surrounding area along with LTE-A to handle the data crush.

Sprint, according to Wireless Week will rely primarily on DAS connectivity with 800 small cells inside the stadium on game day and hundreds of what the carrier calls its “magic box” small cells across the surrounding area. T-Mobile, Wireless Week added, is all in on LTE, boosted by a new Centralized Radio Access Network to supercharge upload speeds deployed inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Super Bowl will be a big day for wireless carriers. Will they be able to keep up? Fans, teams, sponsors and viewers across the world are relying on them to deliver. No pressure.

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