World Cup threat to networks

World Cup threat to networks

Data usage during the World Cup could swamp mobile phone networks, leading to services becoming 'oversaturated', according to experts at consultancy firm Deloitte.

Ed Marsden, telecoms partner in Deloitte’s information and technology risk unit said streaming of live games could overload networks. He warned: ‘There is a high probability that networks could become oversaturated during midweek day games if individuals do not have television access and, in turn, opt for online viewing.’

Social networking during the World Cup could add to the problem. Marsden said that ‘with social media and micro-blogging sites likely to attract plenty of ‘commentary’, this problem may only be exacerbated.’

This in turn could lead to an increasing amount of ‘substantial peaks of data consumption.’

Operators need to be prepared, Marsden advises. ‘The trick for providers will be to identify in advance where likely stress points may occur.  This may be achieved by using predictive analytics tools – drawing on factors like high population density areas and match schedules – to pinpoint potential problems.  Such solutions can help providers to enhance their coverage in these areas so that customers are not met with slow service.’

Written by Mobile Today
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