San Francisco's new stadium to allow 68,500 WiFi connections at once

New Orleans' Superdome, venue of the most recent Super Bowl, got a new WiFi network installed for football's biggest event that was designed to handle 30,000 connections at once. While that sounds like a lot of wireless traffic (and it is), that will be nothing compared to what is being built for the San Francisco 49ers football team.

The team is getting an all-new stadium slated to open for the start of the 2014 NFL season. It will have a lot of fancy features, one of them will be beneficial for anyone wanting to save on their wireless data bill. According to Ars Technica, the stadium will have a WiFi network made to service all 68,500 fans in the stadium at once.

Of course, this effort is being built in a city that's basically on the tip of Silicon Valley so it's not much of a shock to learn that some extra effort is being made to make the stadium's WiFi network better than anywhere else. While the team behind the network is keeping some details of their WiFi design a secret, they do say that the stands, suites and even the stadium's walkways will have WiFi access. They also claim that there will be no limits in terms of uploading or downloading data from within the stadium.

As far as how many access points will be put in place, the team is also keeping that a secret, saying that it will be between "zero to 1,500." By contrast, the Superdome had about 700 access points in the stadium and another 250 outside. The San Fransisco stadium's network team has not yet decided whether or not to add WiFi access outside in places like parking lots.

Source: Ars Technica | Image via San Fransisco 49ers

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