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Oh yeah, mid to upper Cal?

37.3544° N, 121.9692° W Cal?

It's considered Northern California.

 

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Guys, this is navel gazing.  We never will get to the bottom of it.

 

What time did data traffic measurements start/stop?  Where was the stadium perimeter defined?  The four major operators do not employ the same standards in their assessments.  There are no standards.

 

All we can conclude reliably is that VZW and AT&T carried several times more data than did T-Mobile and Sprint.  Hardly shocking news, since each is the size of T-Mobile and Sprint combined.

 

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NRG Stadium Wi-Fi ready for Super Bowl LI

 

http://www.mobilesportsreport.com/2017/01/nrg-stadium-wi-fi-ready-for-super-bowl-li/

 

The article also contains info on the DAS.

 

Here's a flashback to March 2016: https://twitter.com/WaltBTIG/status/713030026371981312

 

Here's a flashback to November 2014: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/It-s-a-hangup-Cellphone-use-at-NRG-is-haphazard-5924813.php

 

"But there's always 2015. Verizon will begin work next month on a new distributed antenna system for Verizon customers to be completed early next year or, perhaps, in late December. Officials with Sprint, which manages the DAS now used by all carriers, say that system also is scheduled for upgrades."

 

Here info on 5Bars: http://5bars.com/# (NRG Stadium Project)

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Sprint’s Network Ready to Score at the Big Game!

 

 

By Mike Hennigan, Regional Vice President, Network
 

Sports fans from around the country will soon be Houston-bound for some of the biggest and most exciting moments in football. When the top two teams in the country face off, it’s sure to be one of the largest data events in the world as customers connect with friends and share their experiences through social media, texts and calls.  To prepare, Sprint has been hard at work for more than nine months adding new network infrastructure and boosting capacity to ensure our customers have a great experience.
 
Small Cells Boost Capacity 500%
At Sprint we use a number of tools to Densify and Optimize our network, and small cells are a great way to add more capacity in high-traffic locations. To prepare for the big game, we installed more than 100 small cells in and around NRG Stadium and other popular nearby locations. As a result, we increased capacity inside the stadium by 500 percent. And we’ve significantly boosted capacity and data speeds covering the stadium parking lots, Discovery Green, Wortham Center, Rice University Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Marriott Marquis Hotel, and other locations. 
 
In addition, we’re using Cell Sites on Wheels (COWs) to boost coverage and capacity at The Museum of Fine Arts, University of Houston Stadium, Westin Hotel, and at the ESPN Broadcast Desk. A COW is a mobile cell site comprised of antenna and radio transceiver equipment located on a truck or trailer.
 
Sprint’s small cells and COWs (as well as cell sites across Greater Houston) also use carrier aggregation, an LTE-Advanced technology that bonds together bands of spectrum to create a wider lane, allowing more data traffic to travel at higher rates on capable devices. This tremendous technology doubles capacity with just a simple software upgrade at the cell site.
  
A Massive Data Event
Each year the amount of data consumed by device-toting fans at the big game dramatically increases. Last year on game day, Sprint customers used 1.6 terabytes of data inside and directly around Levi’s Stadium. Total tonnage on the indoor system last year increased 150 percent compared to the 2014 game at the University of Phoenix. 
 
More recently, at the Houston Texan’s game at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2016, total data tonnage inside the stadium was 637 gigabytes – higher than levels inside Levi’s Stadium for the big game last year. During the same Texan’s game average download speed on our 2.5 GHz spectrum was 28 Mbps.

Team Sprint is all geared up to help our customers enjoy an amazing event on February 5. We’ll be rooting for a great match-up and new records to be set, both on the field and on the Sprint network.

 

 

Sounds like Sprint has made some good progress on its network.

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Looks like numbers are starting to come in. It looks like they all did very well with probably only spots of outages or slow data.

 

Speeds

TMobile  54Mbps

Sprint     52Mbps

Verizon  30Mbps

AT&T     27Mbps

 

Throughput

Verizon   11TB

AT&T      9.8TB

Sprint      ~5TB

TMobile  "nearly twice as much data!" ~4.2TB (last year was 2.1TB)

 

Speedtest were from Tmobile and the Tmobile throughput https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/super-bowl-network-performance.htm 

Verizon throughput http://www.verizon.com/about/news/super-bowl-li-numbers-top-10-list

 

AT&T numbers from news articles http://www.khou.com/tech/super-bowl-li-sets-mobile-data-usage-record-on-att-network/400832209 https://www.wirelessweek.com/blog/2017/02/numbers-mobile-usage-super-bowl-51

 

Sprint http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprints-super-fast-lte-plus-network-scores.htm?linkId=34185166

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Looks like numbers are starting to come in. It looks like they all did very well with probably only spots of outages or slow data.

 

Speeds

TMobile  54Mbps

Sprint     52Mbps

Verizon  30Mbps

AT&T     27Mbps

 

Throughput

Verizon   11TB

AT&T      9.8TB

TMobile  "nearly twice as much data!" ~4.2TB (last year was 2.1TB)

 

Speedtest were from Tmobile and the Tmobile throughput https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/super-bowl-network-performance.htm 

Verizon throughput http://www.verizon.com/about/news/super-bowl-li-numbers-top-10-list

 

AT&T numbers from news articles http://www.khou.com/tech/super-bowl-li-sets-mobile-data-usage-record-on-att-network/400832209 https://www.wirelessweek.com/blog/2017/02/numbers-mobile-usage-super-bowl-51

 

no sprint yet

Marcelo was tweeting out speed test results during the game, check his twitter feed

 

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Just looked at Twitter, He says that Sprint customers used nearly 5TB of data 3x of last years game

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Marcelo was tweeting out speed test results during the game, check his twitter feed

 

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Just looked at Twitter, He says that Sprint customers used nearly 5TB of data 3x of last years game

I was watching https://twitter.com/AdrienneNort during the game. But those pics can be cherry picked for the best speed tests averages of speed tests are better. Tmobile was the only one I saw that posted average speeds for the game. If you look at Tmobile's pictures they show 100+ but their average was only 54. The big problem for Tmobile when they shout these numbers out the other 3 are going to point to their throughput and go "High speed tests are great but you are limiting the speed when your users are using their data for real world things." If Sprint does that though Tmoblie users will shoot back that sprint does the same thing with their new Unlimited data.

 

30TB for the carriers is a lot of data to be used during the game that is like 10,000 hours of HD netflix.

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T-Mobile just touted it's Super Bowl plans, and showed Sprint downloads in the low 40's. However I did notice that Sprint's ping was the lowest. Of course that's only one test, I'd rather see the average of many tests..

https://www.tmonews.com/2018/01/t-mobile-network-upgrades-minneapolis-super-bowl-lii/

-Mike

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28 minutes ago, mikejeep said:

T-Mobile just touted it's Super Bowl plans, and showed Sprint downloads in the low 40's. However I did notice that Sprint's ping was the lowest. Of course that's only one test, I'd rather see the average of many tests..

https://www.tmonews.com/2018/01/t-mobile-network-upgrades-minneapolis-super-bowl-lii/

-Mike

Up to Sprint to deliver on game day! We’ll see!

Interesting that there’s no mention of Sprint COWs/COLT’s as part of its preparation.

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I'm curious as to when this speed test was taken because even though the caption says it was taken on January 11th, by that date Ookla's speed test app had already been updated to include their coverage map feature. I don't think T-Mobile would deliberately show old results but I am also suspicious.

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15 minutes ago, Paynefanbro said:

I'm curious as to when this speed test was taken because even though the caption says it was taken on January 11th, by that date Ookla's speed test app had already been updated to include their coverage map feature. I don't think T-Mobile would deliberately show old results but I am also suspicious.

Coverage Map feature? I just got an update for the Speed Test App for iOS today, but I don’t see this in the App. Am I missing it somehow?

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11 minutes ago, RedSpark said:

Coverage Map feature? I just got an update for the Speed Test App for iOS today, but I don’t see this in the App. Am I missing it somehow?

It’s only on Android. (For now at least)

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22 minutes ago, RedSpark said:

Coverage Map feature? I just got an update for the Speed Test App for iOS today, but I don’t see this in the App. Am I missing it somehow?

It's on the Android version of the app.

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15 minutes ago, techcj_manzer said:

It’s only on Android. (For now at least)

Ahhhhh... ok. Does it work well? I’ve done mapping in the Rootmetrics App. The National Mall Corridor and the Southwest Waterfront areas of DC could use some new Speed Tests. Haven’t had a chance to get over there yet. Any takers? :)

Anyone here in the Minneapolis area? Would love to see the network maps based on Sprint’s upgrades.

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1 hour ago, RedSpark said:

Ahhhhh... ok. Does it work well? I’ve done mapping in the Rootmetrics App. The National Mall Corridor and the Southwest Waterfront areas of DC could use some new Speed Tests. Haven’t had a chance to get over there yet. Any takers? :)

Anyone here in the Minneapolis area? Would love to see the network maps based on Sprint’s upgrades.

I am uncertain how it works. I'm sure if you open it and run a speed test you'll contribute to the map somehow but I don't know the intricacies of it.

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