Verizon’s Indy 500 fans shattered data usage records at the 100th running

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Verizon customers streamed more video and shared more of their experiences at the 100th running of the Indy 500 than ever before.

According to Verizon, from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29, a total of 20.8 terabytes of data moved over Verizon’s network – more than double what was used by fans in 2015. One terabyte of data is equivalent to streaming roughly 1,000 hours of online video content.

Verizon performance engineers confirmed that from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on race day more than 10 terabytes of data – social media, calls and texts – moved exclusively over Verizon’s network covering the track and immediate surrounding area.

The two highest data usage moments were the beginning of the race at 12:19 p.m. followed by a second spike at 1:15 p.m. when Juan Pablo Montoya’s car crashed.

In 2015, Verizon customers used 9-plus terabytes – double what was used in 2014.

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