The Broncos might be celebrating their Super Bowl victory, but it seems like wireless carriers were the real winner this weekend, reporting huge spikes in internet usage and data traffic as excited fans shared social media updates, selfies, and text messages across the country.
As the usage of wireless data has become more and more popular over the last few years, demands have always surged at key points throughout the year when users are more likely to communicate simultaneously. Mobile carrier AT&T, in fact, reported that at its highest, data traffic during this year’s game was 52% higher than the previous year’s Super Bowl.
Verizon has reported that the activity it experienced during the half-time show performed by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers completely shattered the record for data use in a single hour. The company estimated that there was as much as an 800% increase over the data usage experienced in New Orleans during last year’s game.
As for the game itself, it’s reported that the in-stadium network transferred around 119 GB or data in a single hour during its peak usage. Unsurprisingly enough to many who watched the game, there was more buzz in the build-up to the event than during actual gameplay.