Texas A&M’s Kyle Field Breaks Game Day Network Data Traffic Record With Tellabs Optical LAN

by | Oct 3, 2017 | Blog

Hurrah for the return of college football! The Texas A&M Aggies are back to their winning ways and Kyle Field is breaking game day stadium data traffic records, with their fiber-based network hitting 8.2 total terabytes being transmitted over their wired and wireless network. And yet, even with all this traffic, the Tellabs Optical LAN system is not even breaking a sweat.

Tellabs, along with Texas A&M University, distributed a national news release today announcing that during last year’s exciting 45-38 double-overtime victory over Tennessee they had approximately 4.4 TB data recorded on the stadium’s Optical LAN and Wi-Fi network and another 3.8 TB recorded on the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) cellular network. This breaks previous stadium data utilization records.

What is interesting is that the busiest port on the Tellabs Optical LAN system at game day kickoff was likely jogging along at 20% total downstream capacity utilization and merely walking at 3% total upstream capacity utilization. These were the findings from a Tellabs case study titled “Overcoming the Challenges at Texas A&M Kyle Field due to the Changing Landscape of Always Connected Technology“ that we published in 2016.

The other noteworthy insights revealed by both the news release and the more detailed case study are the reasons why Texas A&M chose Tellabs Optical LAN for Kyle Field:

  • The number of network closets in the stadium was reduced by over 50%
  • The amount of copper cabling was reduced by approximately 90%.
  • OLAN, Wi-Fi and DAS connectivity over a common optical fiber infrastructure, also reduced installation, management, cabling and powering requirements.

All of this was accomplished at a cost that was significantly less than a traditional stadium infrastructure.


John Hoover, Tellabs Marketing Director
John Hoover
Director of Marketing
John Hoover is a Marketing Director at Tellabs and 2024 Board Chair of the Association for Promoting Optical LAN (APOLAN). Over the past 20 years, John has influenced industry milestones such as early passive optical network deployments, video implementations, wireless and more recently enterprise Passive Optical LAN adoption.