The Verizon Wireless Network Team Reported These Highlights During the First 30 Minutes of Super Bowl XLIX

The action on the field during the first half of Super Bowl XLIX was intense – and so was fans’ wireless data usage in and around University of Phoenix Stadium.  The Verizon Wireless network team – which prepared for the NFL’s big game for two years and quadrupled capacity in anticipation of record-setting demand – reported these highlights during the first 30 minutes of Super Bowl XLIX:

  • There was a 35 percent spike in data traffic immediately following the Seahawks’ first-quarter interception.
  • When New England opened the scoring, data usage surged 41 percent higher.
  • Seattle powered in the tying touchdown, and the Verizon Wireless network powered through a 21 percent increase in data traffic.
  • Data usage spiked again when New England scored just before halftime, jumping 20 percent.
  • But when Seattle scored a TD to tie it up 14-14 with seconds remaining in the half, data jumped 30 percent.
  • Wireless data usage during the Katy Perry Halftime Show hit a high note and increased 60 percent.
  • Fun fact: Nearly 60 percent of wireless users at the Super Bowl are using a Verizon device

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