Averaging more than 100 million viewers worldwide, the annual Super Bowl game is among the most watched sports events every year. Many of us watch in the cozy confines of our homes, where we can easily connect to the web to see who is tweeting about the game or the commercials. But what if you are actually at the Super Bowl: How good or bad is mobile broadband there?
This year it ought to be quite good, based on a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations Verizon (s vz)(s vod) is taking to beef up wireless connectivity at Lucas Oil Stadium. The GottaBeMobile site has the details, which are shared in this brief video.
Some interesting facts about the event’s special wireless infrastructure, according to GottaBeMobile:
- 9 antennas that are part of a distributed antenna system (DAS) outside the stadium to handle increased downtown traffic
- 400 antenna internal DAS to handle 3G and 4G LTE voice and data inside the stadium
- 600 antenna Wi-Fi system capable of handling 28,000 simultaneous connected users; free for Super Bowl 46
- 3 cell on wheels (COWs). Stand-alone generator-powered cell towers to handle the extremely high-demand areas
Of course, if you are spending a few thousand dollars to be a live spectator at the big game, you will probably want to pay close attention the live action. But it’s nice to know you can tweet about how good that $12 hot dog was at halftime, no?