Winter is here. And the good people of Minneapolis are preparing to get buried.
I’m referring here to snowfall, of course. But that’s also in reference to the upcoming Super Bowl, which will be held at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. This important event promises to draw more than one million people to the Minneapolis metro area.
The bad news is these visitors can look forward to average high temperatures of just more than 23 degrees. The good news is that, despite the frozen terrain and human density in February in Minneapolis, they’ll probably have access to decent mobile internet access.
That’s because four major wireless carriers have contracted Zayo Group (News - Alert) Holdings Inc. to help increase capacity on their networks. Zayo provides communications infrastructure services including cloud, colocation, fiber and other connectivity to businesses in all verticals, including wireless and wireline network operators. And it is a proponent and user of multi-gigabit Ethernet technology.
“Our local team has been working aggressively throughout the fall to turn up these mobile sites in preparation for Super Bowl 52,” said Randy Brogle, senior vice president of dark fiber solutinos for the central region at Zayo. “This infrastructure will improve speed and capacity in the metro Minneapolis area not only for the event but for the long-term benefit of the residents and businesses.”
In addition to readying the carriers’ networks for Super Bowl 52, this new build –which will include the installation of new cell towers, DAS antennas, and small cells – will help prepare these mobile operators for 5G and support growing traffic in the Minneapolis metro area.
Home to 16 Fortune 500 companies, Minneapolis grown 10 percent since 2010. And Zayo already has more than 8,000 route miles in Minnesota and more than 5,000 route miles in the metro area.
Edited by Maurice Nagle