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Mobile Data Traffic Up by 800% During the Super Bowl

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Verizon Wireless says that mobile data traffic over its network within the MetLife Stadium was up by 800% over the previous year's Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Each hour, Verizon Wireless customers used more data than the entire Super Bowl event last year.

Verizon Wireless' team of wireless engineers closely monitored the network throughout the afternoon and evening to ensure optimal performance. Data connection and volume records were set around the stadium as early as two hours before kickoff.

Total customer in stadium data usage was 1.9 Terabytes, also a Super Bowl record. To keep those smartphones operating through the night, Verizon Wireless also provided fans at the stadium with free charging stations to keep their mobile devices powered up.

"Our network got the trophy last night and during Super Bowl week, delivering the consistent, reliable performance at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and throughout the New York metropolitan area that our customers have come to expect from Verizon Wireless," said Nicola Palmer, chief technology officer of Verizon Wireless.

Preparations and planning for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium began well over 18 months ago. As part of $400 million invested throughout the New York Metro region in 2013, the company upgraded its Distributed Antenna System (DAS) inside MetLife Stadium to quadruple LTE data capacity and added additional cell sites outside the stadium.

Verizon Wireless engineers also provided additional network support at more than 30 Super Bowl-related events and venues. Nearly 30,000 people visited the Verizon Power House in New York City's Bryant Park to demo LTE Multicast technology.

The company is the official wireless provider of the NFL.

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