January 22, 2013
Data slowdown looms for smartphone users
Operators will be unable to keep up with smartphone users' growing demand for data on the move, a report warns. The BBC reports.
On average, iPhone, Android or Windows Phone handset owners consumed 35 times more data traffic than a typical phone user, said the annual Deloitte report.
And this would contribute to a 50-fold growth in wireless traffic by 2016.
The bandwidth crunch would not mean users failing to connect at all, the report added, but mobile networks would suffer "rush hours" just like roads do.
During these times, it might take two or three attempts to connect, there would be three or four times as many dropped calls, web pages may freeze and browsing speeds would be much reduced, the report said.
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