Perry Hoffman reports to Cartt.ca on the "'tsunami of traffic' resulting from very high levels of social media over wireless devices and the connectivity of an increasingly large number of those devices is forcing mobile operators to deal with growing congestion. This was one of the key messages from Eros Spadotto (pictured), executive vice-president of technology and operations at Telus during a keynote presentation to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) InternationalConference on Communications on Tuesday in Ottawa".
"The reality is that while our megabytes of traffic is increasing, the signaling from these devices is greatly overwhelming that. In fact, we can look at a period of time where our growth has been 100% year over year on payload, on how many megabytes, but our signaling has grown 2,700%".
"It’s not just about getting more spectrum .. it’s about making it useable by the operators so they can build faster networks to deal with the onslaught of richer, bandwidth intensive applications being used over increasingly sophisticated mobile devices".
At the end of Q2 2012, Telus had 7.4M wireless subscribers; 39% of its ARPU came from data services during Q2, compared to 33% on the same quarter the year before (see chart).
See "IEEE: Traffic tsunami causing congestion in wireless nets, says Telus' Spadotto" - here.