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AT&T Super Bowl Mobile Traffic Surged 80% Over Last Year

The Super Bowl power failure, which appeared to recharge the San Francisco 49ers offense in the second half, also led to a record surge in mobile traffic for AT&T Inc., the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier.

From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. New York time, a span covering the halftime show and the power disruption during the Feb. 3 game, customers used 78 gigabytes of data inside the New Orleans Superdome, AT&T said yesterday. That was almost double the peak volume of last year’s Super Bowl and the most ever for an in-stadium championship game.