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Old 08-09-2015, 10:21 PM   #1
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When will Wi-Fi be installed at NRG Stadium?

From the first snap till the game clock runs out, Texans fans want to be able to share their gameday photos and videos with everyone. However, sharing those moments over a wireless system at NRG Stadium has been a source of frustration for fans.

"It's part of the fan experience," Charlotte Cegielski said. "It takes a while to load anything, even if I can get on at all."

County officials are now in the final stages of hammering out a deal to install a Wi-Fi system at NRG stadium. Although a final contract has not been signed, county officials awarded the $2.9 million job to a California-based company called 5Bars, which installed a Wi-Fi system at the Los Angeles Angels' stadium in Anaheim.

"Connectivity has become an increasingly important part of the gameday experience for fans," said Texans President Jamey Rootes. "(This will) really remake the stadium as state of the art from a connectivity perspective for the fans."

County officials said all of the money for the new Wi-Fi system is coming from the private sector, not from taxpayers. County officials said it will take two to three weeks to hash out the final details of the contract, another two to four weeks for mobilization and four to six months for installation.

The Wi-Fi system installed at NRG won't just need to handle regular Sunday game traffic, it will also have to handle the traffic coming from fans attending the Super Bowl in 2017.

"We're a lot more social media heavy, a lot more video, a lot more cameras. All of these things are streaming to the web," said Jeff Plagens, president of eTech Experts.

According the CDW Corporation, which installed a wireless network at University of Phoenix Stadium, fans attending the Super Bowl in 2015 used 6.2 terabytes of data during the game. CDW reported the amount of data supported by the wireless network is equivalent to 1.5 million songs or 1,050 two-hour movies.

"That's what you need to plan towards and everything else will fall into line on a regular Sunday," Plagens said.

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