The action on the field during the first half of Super Bowl XLIX was intense – and so was fans’ wireless data usage in and around University of Phoenix Stadium. The Verizon Wireless network team – which prepared for the NFL’s big game for two years and quadrupled capacity in anticipation of record-setting demand – reported these highlights during the first 30 minutes of Super Bowl XLIX:
- There was a 35 percent spike in data traffic immediately following the Seahawks’ first-quarter interception.
- When New England opened the scoring, data usage surged 41 percent higher.
- Seattle powered in the tying touchdown, and the Verizon Wireless network powered through a 21 percent increase in data traffic.
- Data usage spiked again when New England scored just before halftime, jumping 20 percent.
- But when Seattle scored a TD to tie it up 14-14 with seconds remaining in the half, data jumped 30 percent.
- Wireless data usage during the Katy Perry Halftime Show hit a high note and increased 60 percent.
- Fun fact: Nearly 60 percent of wireless users at the Super Bowl are using a Verizon device
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