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I was at the Nebraska Game a couple weeks ago and had NO Cell service. I had a personal situation that I needed to keep up on and wasn't able too. I have spoken to several other friends who were also there in various sections of the stadium (even upper level C) and they experienced the same thing. I've had trouble before with my battery being sucked dry in and around the stadium, but I never was totally cut off like that night. What would cause this? Curious if anyone had any information or explanation.
I'm not a cell phone expert but i have a few buddies who work for verizon. I've experienced the same thing at the games and I've been told its simply too many individuals trying to obtain a signal at the same time. Imagine if you had 50 people over to your house trying to connect and steam video from your wireless network. Same principal.
Too many people, too few towers. It's like that at most schools. Nfl games etc..
There were 105,000 people trying to check scores, tweet, and post to Facebook. Way too many people for the system to accommodate. It's that way at any major sporting event, IMO.
I'm in communications and the previous posts are correct. Ironically I use tmobile and it's the lowest subscribed service and guess what, I had 3 solid bars of 4g all came long. I was able to pretty much do whatever I wanted at the Cal game.
I would imagine the att sprint and verizon customers had a lot more problems than me.
Also those companies do try and account for this by placing more capacity in the towers I. Those areas by using sip trunking and upgrading bandwidth in those towers otherwise you would never get anything.
It would be nice from a "customer service" side if Verizon, etc. would move some of those mobile towers they have for natural distaster into the stadium area for several hours. One decade, this will be resolved.
Many stadiums are turning to Extenet Systems to alleviate this problem. See example with the Marlins. Its really up to OSU to invest the $$$ to create a better game day experience.
Finally ... A question in my wheelhouse (architect of first digital cellphone).
The network is simply incapable of 100k+ camping on adjacent towers. The battery drain is related to almost continuous cell reselection whereby your phone is looking to "camp" on a tower with the best signal.
Perhaps when Verizon falls from #1 in subscriptions. :) There are other solutions.
I'm gong to lay out the football schedule for the next 5 years, show me one, just one game Ohio State fans would find acceptable to lose.
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Thanks to everyone for all the information. I really do appreciate it very much. Go Bucks!
Since when do the Marlins have a problem with so many fans that the cell phone towers can't keep up? I've had dinner parties with more people than a Marlins game.
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