January 31, 2013
Smartphones to blame for bad coverage, new study claims
Operators and networks are commonly blamed for poor performance and coverage but a new report from Strand Consult estimates around 70 percent of bad coverage is due to modern smartphones and their usage. Mobile Europe Press Wire reports.
Smartphone penetration is increasing and operators investing heavily in network infrastructure but people getting worse coverage,” John Strand, CEO, Strand Consult told Mobile Europe.
“Smartphones don’t perform as well as older feature phones. Operators may have to double mast numbers and increase investment in areas where many bad phones are connected.”>
Quoting an independent study in Denmark, conducted by Aalborg University’s Professor Gert Frolund Pedersen, Strand’s report concludes phone manufacturers are evading responsibility by neither informing users about the affect phones have nor optimising them for networks.
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