New Wi-Fi, Cellular Infrastructure at Airport Ahead of Super Bowl

January 19, 2018 06:48 PM

The day after the Super Bowl is expected to be the busiest day ever at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The game is scheduled for Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.


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Which means tens of thousands of passengers will be passing through the gates on Feb. 5, almost all of them using their cell phones.

That's why the Metropolitan Airports Commission just upgraded both the Wi-Fi and cellular service at MSP - a move some passengers have already noticed.

"I've used it before and this is much easier and better," Nancy Emch said Friday.

The airport's chief information officer, Eduardo Valencia, said the goal was to make sure WiFi and cellular service were both strong and available in as many parts of the airport as possible. He said the Wi-Fi upgrade cost the Metropolitan Airport Commission about $200,000. The cellular infrastructure replacement totaled roughly $3.5 million.

"(The) bottom line is it's easier to get online," Valencia said. "It's quicker to get online, more bandwidth to (passengers) in more locations with a cell phone coverage that's gonna be stronger - about six times stronger than it was before."

And while the new technology was brought in with the Super Bowl in mind, it's not going anywhere. Which means people who use MSP will benefit from it long after the big game.


Josh Rosenthal

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