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Cell Phone Providers Gear Up For Super Bowl In Houston

Network companies including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have spent millions to improve their coverage in anticipation of the big game.

You may have had that experience: You’re at an event with thousands of people and want to tweet or snapchat that selfie proving you’re there.

But, everybody else is doing the same, overwhelming the network.

To beef up capacity, some network providers – including Sprint, Verizon and AT&T – are adding temporary cell towers at select locations near Super Bowl-related events.

One of AT&T’s six truck-mounted towers is near Midtown Park, where ESPN will broadcast from.

“We worked with the NFL and the (Super Bowl) host committee to find areas that they’re going to be an issue – where they’re going to hold an event and they’re expecting so many people there, then we have to increase our capacity,” said Frank Jackowski, area manager for AT&T.

While the cell towers are temporary, some of the improvements to cell phone reception in Houston will be permanent.

“All the work that we’ve done at the Reliant, or NRG (Stadium), will stay there,” Jackowski said. “Then everything that we’ve done at a couple of the host hotels.”

AT&T spent $40 million on the upgrades, $35 million of which was for permanent improvements.

We also reached out to T-Mobile to learn if that company is upgrading its network during the Super Bowl but did not hear back by deadline.

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter.Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters and the Houston Press Club.Florian is a native of Germany. His studies in Leipzig...

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