These days, being event-ready is a more digital experience than ever before. Around one in five smartphone users in the United States are interested in live video broadcasting, and one third of Facebook’s 1.6 billion plus users have watched a live video of a celebrity, politician, musician, or other influencer. Attending an event like a game or a concert now goes hand-in-hand with the ability to livestream and upload content to share with friends and family. To do that, event goers largely depend on Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi has come a long way in the past quarter-century. Prompted by engineer Michael Marcus, in May of 1985 the FCC released a ruling opening up spectrum—including the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and 5.8 GHz frequencies—in what was then called “junk bands.”
The first iteration of the 802.11 protocol was released in 1997, offering up speeds of up to 2 Mbps. “This was updated,” TechWorm’s Vijay Prabhu writes, in 1999 with 802.11b to permit 11 Mbit/s link speeds, and this proved to be popular.” Continue reading
Notre Dame football fans are legendary, and they’ve just hit a new record. They’ve hit the highest Wi-Fi traffic number ever recorded for a single-day college event, according to Mobile Sports Reports. At the Fighting Irish’s September 9th home game against Georgia, the Wi-Fi network saw 6.2 Terabytes of data traffic. That’s roughly equivalent to 1,620 hours of high-quality video! That’s impressive. What’s also impressive: attendance for the game was near capacity.