The mobile industry is constantly evolving and growing at a meteoric rate. It was just over five years ago that Apple sold the first iPhone – ever. Now smart phones are ubiquitous, with Apple shipping 250 million phones around the globe. Statistics show that 50 billion mobile devices were connected to the Web by 2010.
The tablet market is another market segment that is literally exploding and, according to Derick Roberts, CEO of TruTeq Devices, which focuses on providing wireless connectivity solutions to all market sectors – including the likes of Sasol and Eskom- the amount of data that is going to be generated annually, within the next few years, is going to be “absolutely colossal”.
To keep up with demand service providers are going to have to invest in their infrastructure to make sure they deliver the necessary network intelligence, speed and reliability. Those who do not invest will falter, or fall by the wayside entirely.
Ericsson predicts that more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the web by 2020. “Over the next year we will see more communications, commerce, entertainment and service industries dependant on wireless services, making network reliability even more of a priority.”
Besides the sheer volume of mobile devices on the planet the data consumption generated by these devices is going to grow exponentially – and will continue to do so in 2013. In the last year, per data consumption among US smart phone users jumped 80%.
Recently Cisco predicted a 78% compounded annual global mobile data growth over the next five years. AT & T, meanwhile, is witnessing its mobile traffic growing by 100%.
Roberts said the two main drivers of this data acceleration will come from video streaming and peer-to-peer applications usage. By 2015 video is likely to account for nearly 60% of all data traffic, he said.
“As an increasing number of users start using smart phones and tablets to download videos from sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, the impact of video on the mobile industry will be massive – and will continue to grow.
Currently Skype, one of the most widely used Internet phone applications, is using P2P technology.
“This data bath is unstoppable,” said Roberts, “and vendors need to get ready for it.”
IP-based router solutions solutions
TruTeq Devices recently launched a range of IP (Internet Protocol)-based router solutions that provide a “wide range” of mobile solutions to the market place, including pre-paid security, water and electricity monitoring and payments, as well as energy monitoring.
The TruTeq SPRi routers offer dual sim network redundancy from the best-covered networks – complete with diversity antenna solutions, which empowers the device to automatically look for fastest connectivity available and auto switch over when connectivity cannot be achieved.