More PR blather about the Mobile net ‘heading for data jam’
The number of people accessing the net on mobile phones could soon outstrip the capacity of networks, experts warn.
When you see a tech article that includes “experts warn” in the first sentence, understand that the whole concept was probably offered to the publisher by a PR firm employed by those who are profiting from the technology in the warning. Or their own in-house spin merchants.
Mobile data traffic looks set to rise 25 fold by 2012, said mobile analyst firm Informa. The boom could present operators with problems as revenues generated by those using such mobile data services will only double over the same time period.
“Revenues from data are increasing much slower than traffic,” said Dimitris Mavrakis, mobile network analyst from Informa. “Where operators are experiencing exploding data traffic, revenues are not following them.”
Ah-hah. We get the hook early on. We are enjoined to help the poor, struggling wireless carriers to increase their profits – or we shall all die in a hell absent adequate mobile phone access.
Graham Carey, a spokesman for network optimisation firm ByteMobile, said the history of mobile networks also made it harder to handle the always-on nature of many smartphones and laptops.
Then, we get a listing of the micro-disasters that only can be solved by heading off Net Neutrality at the pass – letting the operators raise prices and minimize usage.
“What’s going to happen if carriers do not respond appropriately? They are going to crush the user experience.”
As if wireless companies ever cared about or considered “the user experience”.