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From the much awaited game time to the popular halftime show, the Super Bowl is an American major-league football event happening every year. During this year’s Super Bowl, Wi-Fi users consumed a record-breaking 10TB of data.

For those IT professionals lucky enough to be behind a Super-Bowl sized network, like Chuck Lukaszewski, the man who led the Levi’s Stadium network design, it’s best to be prepared when working with a large venue. During Lukaszewski’s talk at the WirelessLan Professionals Conference, he explained the many factors and precautions to consider in order to deploy a successful network in a large public venue. See full talk below.

source: http://bit.ly/1TBb5Uk (Bettercloud Blog)

With an estimate of 70,000 atendees on Super Bowl 50’s game day, Lukaszewski’s network goal was to deploy a network that enabled a large number of concurrent users to consume a significant amount of data simultaneously. This included a fast and secure connection that provided quality services and encouraged users to share their thoughts and experiences throughout the show.

Despite a large number of unpredictable variables, Lukaszewski explained that by having accurate estimations of your base and peak loads,understanding the Wi-Fi needs of your attendees and purchasing the correct and necessary equipment to deploy, the likelyhood of a succesful event is much greater. Additionally, by using your venue space to provide quality Wi-Fi, you can strategically place the access points to provide the maximum coverage capacity, while avoiding Wi-Fi dead zones and lessening the chance of potential Wi-Fi interferences.

The idea is to build a network capable of handling a data consumption overload that adapts quickly, as almost every single activity within a ‘Super Bowl type event’, including ordering a game time snack, require a fast and seamless Wi-Fi connection. Without a doubt, planning is key in pulling off an event of this caliber and even for an experienced professional like Lukaszewski, a miscalculation could quickly become a networking nightmare. 

For more info on the event, see the Super Bowl 50 graphic below created by Extreme Networks:

During this year’s Super Bowl, Wi-Fi users consumed a record-breaking 10TB of data. - superbowl inforgraphicImage: Extreme Networks

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