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The AT&T Global Network Operations Center contains a wall with 141 screens that stretches 12 feet tall by 350 feet wide.

The Network Never Sleeps

At the Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) in Bedminster, N.J., AT&T keeps a watchful eye on its network, which carries more than 27.4 petabytes of data each day (that's more than 100 times the amount of data in the Library of Congress). 

Those in the GNOC watch trends in data and voice usage -- and there's a lot of trending happening, since AT&T users place an average of 1.4 billion calls and 5 billion texts each day. GNOC operators can even tell when it's voting time for American Idol thanks to spikes in general data and voice usage. 

Shown above is the GNOC floor, which contains a wall with 141 screens that stretches 12 feet tall by 350 feet wide. Using this wall of screens, GNOC staff members monitor different segments or technologies within the network for maximum performance.  

Photo by Jessica Mulholland