App and OS Updates Clog Stadium & Arena Networks

MobilityLive LogoLast week, I attended MobilityLIVE in Atlanta. In addition to a fantastic fireside chat with Apple’s Eddy Cue about Atlanta’s role in the first iPhone, there was an interesting panel with Mike Gomes, Jared Miller (both from AMB Sports & Entertainment Group) and Michelle McKenna-Doyle, CIO of the NFL. The topic centered around the future of technology at stadiums and arenas, specifically the brand new Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta. When finished, the state-of-the-art stadium will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC.

Connectivity in stadiums and arenas is always a huge topic of discussion. As venues race to add access points and increase bandwidth, user’s data consumption increases by astounding percentages year over year

But here’s the thing I found interesting. Do you know what one of the biggest hordes of data is?

App and operating system updates.

1000s of mobile phones all set to update automatically whenever connected to WiFi the second the App Store or Google Play pushes an update.

Oftentimes, it’s not something on the field or the stage driving an increase in data consumption- it’s the latest Instagram or Facebook app update.

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