Verizon makes $70 million investment for Super Bowl 50 users

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Telecom network operator Verizon said it made $70 million investment to improve the customer experience at Super Bowl 50.

Verizon has made the investment to more than triple 4G LTE wireless data network capacity in key areas throughout the Bay Area for Super Bowl week.

The company has built 16 new area cell sites, 75 small cells and deployed a patented antenna system to reach the lower stadium seats in order to increased peak downlink speeds and boost capacity by adding 37 XLTE systems to existing sites. The telecoms have also completed preparations to deploy 14 mobile cell sites in high traffic locations.

“We do this because we anticipate that this will be the most shared Super Bowl,” said Brian Mecum, vice president, Network for Verizon Wireless.

At the 2015 Super Bowl, Verizon customers in Phoenix used 4.1 terabytes of data. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is designed to handle 1.5 times the wireless data traffic on the Verizon network as compared to University of Phoenix Stadium.

Verizon installed a small cell network serving Levi’s Stadium that increased capacity by 75 percent inside and outside Levi’s Stadium. Increased coverage to the Stadium Parking lot and surrounding areas.

Verizon added six new cell sites in surrounding area, added 29 small cells and activated seven Cell on Wheels (COWs) mobile cell sites to serve the stadium and NFL and City events.

At downtown San Francisco, it added 10 macro cell sites to add data capacity and coverage, 46 Small Cells enhancing the experience around the 50th Mile and deployed seven Cell on Wheels (COWs) throughout the city. Verizon also added a DAS to serve San Francisco International Airport’s terminals 2 and 3.

Verizon enhances indoor wireless coverage

Meanwhile, Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced the availability of 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise to enhance indoor wireless coverage for enterprises.

Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise uses Samsung’s small cell technology to deliver 4G LTE solution for organizations.

Verizon is targeting the cost effective telecom solution for mid-sized locations (10,000 to 100,000 square feet). Main target will be hotels, hospitals, public safety offices, government agencies, and remote and expansive operations facilities.

Verizon says a single unit supports approximately 42 concurrent users and about 31,500 square feet.

“The 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise expands the small cell portfolio for Verizon to deliver the best service for their location-diverse subscriber base,” said Mark Louison, Networks Division senior vice president and U.S. general manager for Samsung Electronics America.

TJ Fox, senior vice president of Wireless Enterprise for Verizon, said that the introduction of the 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise provides our business and government clients with a 4G voice and data solution that extends the corporate network to deliver mission- critical apps and corporate emails in a high performance environment.

Baburajan K
editor@telecomlead.com