End of the PC era confirmed: no holding back the mobile internet
Mobile internet growth confirms the shift in computing to personal devices. The recent Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast tells us what we probably all ready knew: mobile devices have turned the internet upside down.
we want data, and we want it everywhere
driving the demand
Supporting the accelerating level of data consumption is a problem for carriers. In an attempt to meet this demand, carriers are adopting hybrid systems to offload traffic onto fixed networks, using technologies such as Wi-Fi, Femtocells, White Space tech and so on. Globally, 33% of handset and tablet data traffic was offloaded onto the fixed network through Wi-Fi or femtocell access in 2011, says Cisco.
Also supporting the effort to reduce the pressure on access networks is to limit user allowances. “The rapid increase in data usage presents a challenge to service providers who have implemented tiers defined solely in terms of usage limits. Mobile data caps that fall too far behind usage volumes may create opportunities for competitors in the market. For this reason, many service providers are creating more nuanced tiers and data add-ons, such as a separate charge for tethering and hotspot functionality.”
March 1, 2012Stewart, certainly tablets are the future here! It's a matter of PC stepping up their game. Businesses are adopting Ipads over android tablets because their are still some kinks that need to be worked out. Many just don't seem reliable quite yet, but they are on their way! We too are interested in seeing if windows 8 will bridge the gap. Fingers crossed for those PC lovers! Thanks for responding to our post!!
February 22, 2012Hi Maribel, thanks for the complement. Certainly in my time as a tech writer, I've seen the PC world turned upside down by the impact of the iPad and iPhone. At the moment the anything-goes PC and the highly-controlled, highly-usable iPad environments are polls apart. It will be interesting to see if Windows 8 can bridge the gap. There's a lot of businesses adopting tablets - but giving them access to corporate apps. If companies are thinking of migrating ERP etc to the cloud, they have to consider what the clients will - why not a tablet rather than a PC?
February 22, 2012Mobile technology is certainly on the rise. You provide some excellent information regarding the future of mobile devices. We agree that mobile technology will be the future of consumer internet consumption. The rate at which mobile devices have been developed and put out onto the market sets up the stage for this. Companies that are not currently engaging in these devices are at a great disadvantage here. Great post!