In case anyone doubted the staggeringly high growth of mobile data over the last year or so, I came across some fascinating (and very detailed) statistics on mobile data in Finland (thanks to Dean Bubley for pointing these out).
- Total data traffic in ‘07 was 13 x larger in volume than the previous year
- 92% of data traffic was from computers rather than phones
- This share of traffic was from just 2.1% of devices
Full details at:
Horsham, 28th May 2008 (via HSDPA!)
The following data rates, offered via HSDPA mobile and over the wide area (i.e. not Wi-Fi) would have sounded like science-fiction just a few years ago:
- Initially (Q3/4 this year) with a download speed of 1.8Mbps everywhere in the cell, compared to just 384kbps (up and downlink) for standard 3G.
- Next year 3.6Mbps download nearest the base station, degrading as the subscriber moves out to the edge of the cell,
- By the end of next year, 7.2Mbps download out to the cell edge, together with 1Mbps uplink using HSUPA.
I’d caution that an over-the-air rate offered everywhere does not translate to the same user rate everywhere, just as 11 or 54Mbps advertised on your Wi-Fi client does not translate to anything like that if the channel is busy or if you are suffering interference. Nevertheless, these are impressive numbers. How long until that kind of rate is widely available via Mobile WiMax?
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