@ CTIA: The Data Tsunami Is Here


Credit: Tricia Duryee

While the general observation by everyone is that this year’s CTIA I.T. & Entertainment show is small, it’s not because there isn’t dramatic growth occurring in the industry. The overwhelming theme of this year’s semi-annual conference was over capacity of the networks, and the surge in the number of users owning smartphones and using them to check email, download applications and watch video.

The theme represents a huge change from year’s past when a carrier would never acknowledge the need for more capacity. Now it’s an accepted fact, especially as the government ponders regulating the industry and contemplates whether to release additional spectrum.

The argument was made by just about everyone who stepped out on stage: AT&T

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