AT&T data spikes in Philadelphia during Democratic National Convention

Posted at 1:57 PM, Jul 29, 2016

The Democratic and Republican National Conventions have prompted plenty of comparisons between the two host cities, Cleveland and Philadelphia. People stacked the two cities against each other in attendance, preparedness and even data usage. 

According to reports from AT&T, the DNC in Philadelphia dwarfed Cleveland in terms of data used across their network. In the Wells Fargo Center alone, 5.4 terabytes moved across the network, while only 2.8 terabytes were used in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena during the RNC


Data usage in the Wells Fargo Center peaked on Thursday, the day Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president, at 1.5 terabytes.

When compared to the average 2016 pro hockey playoff game in the same arena, traffic was up about 387 percent. Even the Pope's visit to Philadelphia didn't see the spike in data that the DNC brought to the city. During his visit, data usage hit 12.6 terabytes across the AT&T network in Philadelphia, according to their own numbers. 

In total, the DNC flooded the AT&T mobile network to the tune of 64 terabytes during the convention. 

Attendance numbers between the two conventions were relatively close, each were expected to bring 30,000 - 50,000 visitors to the host cities. That includes thousands of delegates, members of the media and visiting protestors.