Smart Phones Clogging Up Networks

Smart Phones Clogging Up Networks
Monday, February 14, 2011 - 9:59am

The head of the International Telecommunications Union has warned that smart phones are clogging up the world's mobile networks, and that governments need to act quickly to support wireless broadband growth.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said mobiles such as the iPhone consume five times more data than traditional handsets, and that strains mobile broadband capacity in many areas.

Last week, President Obama announced plans to expand high-speed wireless Internet to 98 percent of Americans, and to free up more wireless space over the next 10 years, to cope with growing demand.

According to the ITU, the number of smart phones in use around the globe, is expected to grow from 500 million today, to 2 billion by 2015.

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