Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration day forces Washington DC to bulk up wireless data capacity to record levels
Authorities expect more than one million people for what has been branded as “the most connected Inauguration in US history “.
Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on January 20 has led providers in the US capital to boost their services to record levels as data consumption is expected to hit never-before-seen levels.
The is the case of telecommunications company Verizon, which has increased wireless data capacity in Washington by 500%.
Network engineers have added the extra capacity for wireless voice and data throughout Washington D.C., including at Dulles International Airport, Union Station, and at local hotels and convention centres.
The telco has highlighted that for President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, only 10% of the US population used a smartphone compared to today’s 88%.
To answers the expected demand on the day president-elect Trump is sworn in, Remote Electrical Tilt (RET) antennas and LTE Advanced technology will be used for the first time.
The use of the RET antennas will allow Verizon’s engineers to remotely change antenna angles to make real-time adjustments, moving wireless capacity with the crowds as they move.
In addition, the provider will be using Matsing Ball technology, which divides crowds into sectors “like slices of a pie”.
The company explains that “each slice or sector can be adjusted individually to handle wireless traffic”.
As for LTE, Verizon is using three-channel carrier aggregation (LTE Advanced) in the Washington metro area to enhance peak data speeds.
Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless, said: “Verizon customers attending the Inauguration will have early access to these new technological advancements we are deploying widely throughout our network in 2017.”
“We have been preparing our network in the D.C. area for months to be ready for this historic event. Verizon customers at the inauguration will be using Instagram, SnapChat, and Twitter to share photos and videos of the swearing in ceremony, run Facebook Live while attending the parade, and connect with folks back home, all from their wireless devices.”