Industry Research Featured Article
May 16, 2007
3G Mobile Bandwidth Usage Will Increase Tenfold by 2011
by P R Sai, TMCnet Contributing Editor
3G mobile bandwidth usage will increase tenfold by 2011, according to iGR, a market strategy consultancy that conducts research on wireless and mobile technology issues.
iGR’s bandwidth usage report forecasted the adoption of some potential IMS based applications. The report analyzed the current usage patterns among mobile data users and forecasted the future trends of the usage of IMS-based applications among the same users including the usage of light, medium and heavy users who consumed 5.92 MB, 17.68 MB and 44.4 MB respectively in 2006.
Users in all categories put together, sent and received more than 0.73 terabytes per month of data over the radio link and backhaul network segments. The types of mobile applications used range from email and Web browsing, to virtual private network logins to instant messaging.
"This study provides a frame of reference within which mobile operators can evaluate the future price of their mobile data packages as a result of IMS implementation and adoption," said Matt Vartabedian, research manager at iGR.
The report also noted that by implementing an IMS platform, service providers can gain a common, secure service development framework and architecture that operates across multiple network domains.
P R Sai is a contributing editor for TMCnet.