Texas A&M’s Kyle Field Breaks Record for Game Day Network Data Traffic

by | Oct 4, 2017 | News Release

Tellabs Optical LAN fiber-based stadium network enables Texas A&M’s Kyle Field to surpass previous game day data peak usage.

Dallas, Texas. October 4, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Tellabs, a leading provider of Passive Optical LAN (OLAN) solutions, is enjoying a 3rd year of superior network performance at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field as judged by the 100,000 Aggie football fans using the network on game day. College football season is here and Tellabs, along with Texas A&M University, is proud to announce that last season’s home games set record-breaking stadium network traffic peak usage leveraging a Passive Optical LAN operating at 20% capacity – and with plenty of room to grow the network in the future.

The Tellabs Optical LAN and wireless networks at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field continue to prove their heralded capability. Phillip Ray, Vice Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System, reported in excess of 8.2 total terabytes of wireless traffic on its stadium Wi-Fi internet data and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) cellular networks during the Aggies’ exciting 45-38 double-overtime victory over Tennessee on October 8, 2016. Of that number, approximately 4.4 TB was recorded on the stadium’s Optical LAN and Wi-Fi network, with another 3.8 TB recorded on the cellular DAS.

Ray commented, “Perhaps even more impressive than the total tonnage numbers are the number of unique connections reported during the four-hour span during which Texas A&M recorded statistics.” According to Ray, “more than 52,000 fans connected to the Wi-Fi network at some point, 49 percent out of a total of 106,248 attending the October 8th game. The Wi-Fi network also saw nearly 32,000 fans connected to the Wi-Fi network at the same time, with both numbers surpassing Kyle Field’s previous high totals for both metrics.”

The advantage of choosing Tellabs and Optical LAN for Texas A&M’s Kyle Field include:

  • 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.
  • And all of this was accomplished at a cost that was significantly less than a traditional stadium infrastructure.

There is no better confirmation that the Tellabs Optical LAN system exceeds the needs of modern, high-performance stadium networks than the positive results we see at Kyle Field and its 100,000 football fans accessing the network,” said Mike Dagenais, Tellabs President and CEO. “Because of the Tellabs Optical LAN and the single mode fiber cabling, we are confident that this stadium network design affords TAMU with the most flexibility for future network demands – both in gigabit Ethernet port density growth and data network capacity.”

More details about the Optical LAN system installed at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field can be acquired by reading this informative case study.


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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.