Mobile data crush

A number of stories have appeared in the past week regarding growing mobile data demands.

Last week, the ITU chief called for governments to take “urgent action now” to support mobile broadband growth.

Mobile operators have been investing billions to upgrade and improve the capacity and performance of their networks, but in some high-usage cities, such as San Francisco, New York and London, we are still seeing users frustrated by chronic problems of network unavailability.

Yesterday, Openwave Systems and Juniper Networks announced plans to work together to improve the economics of delivering video over mobile networks. According to Openwave, video is expected to represent 65% of all mobile traffic by 2013.

Our insatiable thirst for spectrum will be one of the areas that will be covered at The 2011 Canadian Telecom Summit. Kim Perkidou of Juniper Networks will be delivering a keynote address and Dave Caputo of Sandvine will be speaking on the panel looking at solutions for government and industry to deliver on the expanding requirements.

As the ITU observed, “Mobile broadband is increasingly the technology of choice for hundreds of millions in the developing world, where fixed line infrastructure is often sparse and expensive to deploy.” Mobile and fixed wireless provides an alternative for universal broadband in Canada. A panel at this year’s Canadian Telecom Summit will be examining how existing networks, coupled with fibre and wireless technologies deliver broadband to all.

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