To Accommodate CES, Las Vegas Convention Center Quadruples Internet Bandwidth

In order to meet the increased Internet connectivity requirements of the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention Center has temporarily quadrupled its available bandwidth, Smart City Networks announced yesterday.

Smart City, a Las Vegas-based provider of convention technology — including design, installation and maintenance of voice, data, electrical and utility platforms — has increased the convention center's capacity from 1 gigabit (Gb) to 4 Gb. The extra capacity will enable significantly faster data transmission for CES exhibitors — who are expected to showcase products such Internet-enabled phones, computers, cars, cameras, printers and televisions — as well as more than 120,000 CES attendees, many of which are expected to come armed with smart phones, laptops, tablets and other wireless devices.

"Internet connectivity is important for every event, but none as much as the International CES," said Smart City Networks President Mark Haley. "CES showcases the latest and greatest electronic products, many of which now utilize the Internet for functionality. We quadrupled the bandwidth for the 2011 CES to ensure that all of these products, as well as the thousands of CES attendees, have a fast and reliable Internet connection."

Smart City has provided the event technology at CES for more than 10 years and expects this year's show to record the greatest use of Internet connectivity and Wi-Fi service in the history of the event.