Smartphones strain networks worldwide due to boom in data traffic

Smartphones strain networks worldwide due to boom in data traffic

Smartphones cause a larger than anticipated load on networks, according to a study by technology company Airvana.

Although smartphones generate much less mobile data traffic than a laptop with a data card, they impose a strain on the network, the study showed.

A boom in mobile data traffic, boosted by laptops and smartphones, is now putting unprecedented stress on networks around the world.

Delivering the same amount of data, a smartphone typically generates eight times the network signalling load of a laptop with a data card.

Global annual shipments of smartphone handsets are projected to increase from nearly 200 million in 2009 to 450 million in 2013, according to market research company iSuppli.

Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today

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