At this year’s Kentucky Derby, AT&T set a record for peak data usage of more than 815 Gigabytes in a single hour thanks to a DAS engineered by Mobilitie. During last year’s peak hour at the Run for the Roses, 474 Gigabytes crossed AT&T’s network.
Data usage on AT&T’s venue-specific wireless network at Churchill Downs, COWs (Cells on Wheels) and nearby cell sites used for the Kentucky Derby was more than 6.7 Terabytes, which is a 31 percent increase in data usage compared to last year. Data traffic from both Friday’s Kentucky Oaks and Saturday’s Kentucky Derby races, which had a collective 290,000 attendees, came in at 11.4 Terabytes.
The DAS system installed by Mobilitie for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is one of the largest venue systems, with more than 290 antennas and more than one million feet of fiber optic cable.
AT&T and Mobilitie upgraded the antenna system at the venue this year, adding more than 50 percent more LTE capacity to the existing wireless network at the venue for AT&T customers. It was the fourth year in a row that improvement have been made.