Super Bowl bringing better cell coverage to Twin Cities

AT&T users are about to get a big speed boost for the Super Bowl and beyond.

MINNEAPOLIS - The Twin Cities are getting another perk from hosting the Super Bowl: better cell phone coverage.

Tuesday morning, AT&T announced plans to bring 5G service to the Twin Cities, just in time for the big game.

Minnesota AT&T President Paul Weirtz says only two other cities, Austin and Indianapolis, have coverage this fast.

"It delivers twice the speed of our 4G LTE network and provides infinite possibilities for consumers," Minnesota AT&T President Paul Weirtz says.

The company has spent more than $40 million in anticipation of the big game.

Weirtz says the coverage at U.S. Bank Stadium can handle the needs of nearly 450,000 people, roughly the population of the entire city of Minneapolis.

"We know demand is going to be there for that big game," Weirtz says. "We also have to have coverage for all of the tourism, with people coming here to enjoy what the Twin Cities have to offer."

Minnesota High Tech Association President Margaret Anderson Kelliher says the faster speeds will attract more tech companies to the area.

She says Minnesota is currently in the top 15 for science and technology jobs. She's hoping this latest upgrade will help Minnesota crack the top 5.

"We've seen a really big uptick of startups here in the Twin Cities in key areas and a lot of growth in those startups," Anderson Kelliher says.

Weirtz says they're hoping to wrap things up by the end of the year. The company is also planning to expand its 5G service to 20 other major U.S. cities by the end of 2018.

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