Variations in signal quality don’t seem to have dampened the enthusiasm of photo-sharing AFL fans. According to a just-issued Telstra press release, a total of 2.4 million data requests adding up to 185GB were made at the MCG during the course of Saturday’s AFL grand final.
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When we tested 4G signal quality two days before the big match, we found that both Telstra and Optus had much better signal on the northern side of the MCG. Regardless, our appetite for data seems much higher: according to Telstra, it was just 53GB in 2011. Call volumes in the area were also up, with 193,000 made between midday and 7pm, compared to 83,000 in the same time frame last year.