Monday, February 15, 2010

AT&T CTO: Traffic has Grown 5,000% in 3 Years

In an interview to the GSMA show daily, AT&T’s CTO John Donovan explained the challenges AT&T is facing in view of the growing usage of mobile data.

Some interesting quotes (full interview - here):

  • “Smartphones like the iPhone driving up to 10 times the amount of usage of other devices on average”
  • 40% of our customer base uses a smartphone today”
  • “Overall, wireless data traffic on the AT&T network has grown more than 5,000% over the past three years”
  • “The key to addressing this is backhaul .. this equipment challenge is an industry-wide issue.”
  • “We’re also adding roughly 2,000 new cell sites to the network this year”
  • “we are deploying thousands of new high-speed backhaul connections”
  • “Eventually, there needs to be a model that addresses the limited spectrum issue and supports continued growth in mobile broadband usage, innovation and investment”

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