Capacity has been doubled through major routes in and out of downtown Houston, 24 nodes on wheels (NOWs) have been deployed to increase capacity and coverage. Three-channel carrier-aggregation (LTE Advanced) has been rolled out to boost network peak speeds, which is a further enhancement to the rollout of two-channel aggregation in August, providing 50% greater peak speeds in Houston and in cities nationwide.
“We know people attending the Super Bowl and the incredible events surrounding the game will want to share their experiences with friends and loved ones around the nation, and will use their wireless devices to gather information and navigate throughout Houston and will use their devices to capture every exciting moment of their experience,” said Nicola Palmer, chief network officer for Verizon. “Our engineers have been working tirelessly to ensure our customers have a great wireless experience with Verizon.”
A distributed antenna system (DAS) has been installed in the underground tunnels, which will improve wire service along the more than six mile tunnel route, which is directly connected to a dedicated base station providing high speeds and additional capacity.
The upgrades are strategically placed throughout Houston and have a coverage range of up to 1,000 ft, which will enable more customers to more reliably stream and share video content.
At 2016’s Super Bowl, 7Tb of data was used by attendees during the game and over 68Tb of data throughout the nine-day event.
These investments will benefit customers living in and traveling to Houston, in addition to public safety, well into the future too, adding capacity for web browsing, video streaming, social media posting, and more.