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December 05, 2014 09:00 ET

wefi Reveals Sports Arenas and Stadiums With Blazing Wi-Fi and Cellular Connectivity

Levi's Stadium Delivers Fastest Wi-Fi and CenturyLink Field Delivers Fastest Cellular Connections in NFL; Barclays Center Offers Fastest Wi-Fi and Cellular Connections in NBA

FAIRFAX, VA--(Marketwired - Dec 5, 2014) - wefi, the market leader in mobile experience and network analytics, today announced a ranking of NFL stadiums and NBA arenas with the fastest Wi-Fi and cellular connections along with highlights on connectivity trends among sports fans. wefi found that NBA arenas offer on average faster Wi-Fi and cellular connections than NFL stadiums.

As a nation, Americans have become increasingly dependent on Wi-Fi. According to a Broadcom Study, 60% can't go one full day without Wi-Fi access before seeking a connection and three in ten can't go one full hour without connectivity. For many fans, going to a basketball or football game has become much more than merely watching their favorite team. Many fans seek a fast connection to share their experience with friends on social media, look up the stats of their favorite players and browse the web. As wefi's data shows, not all stadiums are created equal -- and fans don't give all their attention to the game.

wefi found that the Brooklyn Nets' Barclays Center (NBA) offers the fastest Wi-Fi and cellular connections, averaging 5.09 and 3.66 Mbps, respectively. When it comes to NFL stadiums, the rivalry between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks didn't end with the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship game in January 2014. The 49ers' brand new Levi's Stadium delivers the fastest Wi-Fi in the league, averaging 4.68 Mbps; the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field tops cellular connection speeds, averaging 2.90 Mbps.

These connections are used to support top consumer apps -- wefi's data shows these to include Verizon Messages, Snapchat, ESPN Fantasy Football, Facebook, Instagram and Yahoo! Fantasy Football amongst the most utilized (based on average screen time per user in minutes). Additional findings, also highlighted in wefi's infographic, "Which NBA Arenas and NFL Stadiums Win for Blazing Wi-Fi and Cellular Speeds?" include:

Top 3 NBA Arenas with the Fastest Wi-Fi

  • Brooklyn Nets: Barclays Center (5.09 Mbps)
  • Washington Wizards: Verizon Center (4.73 Mbps)
  • LA Lakers: Staples Center (4.18 Mbps)

Top 3 NBA Arenas with the Fastest Cellular Speeds

  • Brooklyn Nets: Barclays Center (3.66 Mbps)
  • Washington Wizards: Verizon Center (2.84 Mbps)
  • New York Knicks: Madison Square Garden (2.72 Mbps)

Top 3 NFL Stadiums with the Fastest Wi-Fi

  • San Francisco 49ers: Levi's Stadium 4.68 Mbps)
  • Denver Broncos: Sports Authority Field at Mile High (3.31 Mbps)
  • New Orleans Saints: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (3.27 Mbps)

Top 3 NFL Stadiums with the Fastest Cellular Speeds

  • Seattle Seahawks: CenturyLink Field (2.90 Mbps)
  • San Francisco 49ers: Levi's Stadium (2.74 Mbps)
  • Green Bay Packers: Lambeau Field (2.32 Mbps)

Top 5 Most Used Applications (based on average screen time per user in minutes):

  • Verizon Messages (12 mins.)
  • Snapchat (11 mins.)
  • ESPN Fantasy Football (10 mins.)
  • Facebook (7 mins.)
  • Instagram (6 mins.)
  • Yahoo! Fantasy Football & More (6 mins.)

"Connectivity is now hyper-relevant to all of the activities we take part in on a daily basis," said Zur Feldman, Chairman and CEO of wefi. "Social sharing is also prevalent during sporting events. Consider that the top apps provide sports fans with a medium to share their experiences with friends while others also like to keep up with their Fantasy Football teams during the games."

wefi collected data from more than 45 million hotspots and 1,665 devices at NBA arenas and 886 devices at NFL stadiums through its committed fans using wefi Pro, available on both the iTunes and Google Play app stores. wefi tracked a 30-day average of Wi-Fi and cellular speeds for each location starting from October 1 to October 31, 2014.

About wefi
wefi empowers network operators, mobile application developers and content companies to better understand how their customers are behaving on their networks with big data analytics generated from the patented and patent-pending MobileCompass™ platform and comprehensive hotspot database -- the industry's largest with nearly 200 million hotspots. wefi's MobileCompass™ platform, comprised of its Intelligent Connection Manager and analytics suite, deliver the best mobile user experience in wireless network environments, while optimizing costs. Its award-winning analytics solutions also help service providers discover and act on network performance issues, gather insights for efficient small cells and Wi-Fi deployment, and perform customer behavior analysis. The result is more efficient network planning, usage predictions and delivery of the best network connection based on custom connection policies. For more information visit http://www.wefi.com.

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