Verizon Network
Innovations Ensure
400,000 Satisfied Fans

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is the largest sporting venue in the world, and every year, upwards of 400,000 fans converge for Race Day.  With such a vast number of fans in attendance of what is considered to be the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, there is no question that trying to capture and share these special moments with friends and family via calls, texts, and social media could be a burden for a mobile network.

IMS has the Largest Network Footprint in the US for a Single Event

This year on Race Day, May 24th 2015, Verizon Wireless reported a 200% increase in data usage over the same window of time during the 2014 race. More than 3 terabytes of data moved over Verizon’s 4G LTE distributed-antenna-system (DAS) inside the speedway on Race Day and over 9 terabytes of data moved over the DAS during the entire weekend of the race, May 22-24.

To put this into perspective, 1 terabyte can include 472 hours of broadcast quality video, 150 hours of high definition recording and enough words that it would take every adult in America speaking at the same time five minutes to say them all. (Source:

Verizon Network Innovations

Verizon introduced several network enhancements in anticipation of the increasing capacitiy demands for race day including: 

  1. A custom wireless network facility at the track to handle the voice and data traffic.
  2. The addition of 20 new antennas to the Distributed Antenna System (DAS), bringing the total number of antennas inside the venue to more than 200.
  3. Enhanced XLTE capacity in more than 38 key sectors around the track.
  4. Introduction of small cell technology by adding  nearly a dozen small cells around the exterior of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) track to enhance the network for large crowds and data traffic track. 

Pictured to the right is one of the small cells installed at the exterior of the track.  The Charles Industries small cell cabinet (CUBE) houses vital communication equipment.  The cabinet includes a compact Dantherm heat exchanger for energy efficient cooling.

According to Region President Lauren Love-Wright:  

“Small cells are an integral part of Verizon’s commitment to the customer experience to stay ahead of the growing demand for mobile data by boosting capacity for popular venues and large crowds. This technology adds 4G LTE capacity in important high traffic areas so that our customers can share the best moments from the track, especially on social media.”

The Verizon network handled the following number of social media connections during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24 from 8AM to 5PM:

     - Twitter: 6,251 data connections
     - Facebook: 17,357 data connections
     - Instagram: 145,025 data connections

Network traffic and capacity demands are rapidly increasing.  Wireless infrastructure changes to meet these 4G/LTE demands include smaller more compact communication equipment and cabinets that require even smaller thermal solutions. 

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