A News Sports — 09 February 2017

The Official Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Analytics provider of Super Bowl LI, today announced that a record breaking 11.8 Terabytes (TB) of data traversed the Wi-Fi network during Super Bowl LI. Fan engagement at Super Bowl LI was largely driven by social media and streaming video which accounted for 1.7 terabytes of data transferred across the network, an increase of 55 percent over last year’s Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Extreme’s entire suite of technologies was utilized to power the most connected one day event in digital history. ExtremeSwitching™ and ExtremeWireless™ provided connectivity to all vendors, fans and other supporting staff. ExtremeManagement™ and ExtremeControl™ powered optimization, security and support for all connectivity while ExtremeAnalytics™ gave teams in the Command Center insight to ensure optimization of end user connectivity at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, home of Super Bowl LI. Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal provided insight into the NFL’s use of ExtremeAnalytics. With this network visibility, the technical team at Super Bowl LI was able to adjust its wired and wireless strategy to support and anticipate the unique needs of fans at the game.

Key Statistics:

  • A total of 11.8 TB of data was transferred during Super Bowl LI – beating Super Bowl 50’s “most connected game” powered by Aruba Networks which came in at 10.14TB. This year surpassed Super Bowl XLIX’s 6TB by over 100 percent.
  • Social networking sites accounted for 1.7 terabytes of data transferred, an increase of 55 percent from last year’s game.
  • Facebook, SnapChat and Twitter accounted for almost 12 percent of the total bandwidth used during the game.
  • Forty-nine percent of fans at the game were on the Wi-Fi network during the Super Bowl. At its peak, 27,191 concurrent users were on the network, a 41 percent increase from last year and an amazing 101 percent increase from Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • The network sustained a throughput of 3.5 Gbps for over five hours and saw spikes up to 5.2 Gbps and 4.8 Gbps during the pre-game and halftime show respectively– the fastest recorded for any Super Bowl game.

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