Super Bowl prompting more bandwidth for stadium

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The Chicago Tribune shares an AP story about how cellphone companies, including Verizon Wireless, are starting to expand the data bandwidth that will be available around Lucas Oil Stadium for February’s Super Bowl.

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 (http://bit.ly/oXa1Lg). “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.

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