53 thoughts on “Is 3G Ready for the iPhone Stress Test?”

  1. You definitely point out a valid issue that AT&T may be facing with the release of the 3G iPhone, whether or not it will be introduced by Jobs in under 14 hours.

    I’m ready to make the jump to a 3G iPhone considering everything will be okay hardware/software and network-wise. I would really hate to see AT&T’s network going down or lagging behind because they underestimated the use of the iPhone. Hopefully they learned from the current iPhone’s activity that iPhone users mean business when it comes to using the data network.

  2. Hype or kool-aid – I’ve drank it. I think that the iPhone is going to blow it out now that Apple has given up on service revenue/exclusives and opened it up for pure device sales globally.

    The mobile web is upon us.

    I agree that there will be capacity challenges in the backhaul but there is another area that may be more significant and harder to remedy.

    In the case of backhaul, short term fixes can be quickly and cost effectively put in place using Ethernet microwave in many cases. The equipment is cheap and plentiful and it is commonplace to put up 10M microwave links in urban areas in 5-10 days if you have pre-assigned frequencies and antenna positions available on the towers/masts on both sides of the link. Of course, in situations where there are tower constraints, or landlord driven antenna placement constraints, or hop by hop spectrum licensing, this 5-10 days can stretch to a wireline based alternative interval.

    Greater challenges include the load on the IPv4 address pool as the number of end points on the web expands dramatically. IPv6 is available but most countries globally and the Internet globally are not routing IPv6 yet. There is some heavy lifting required to incrementally evolve the net to IPv6. The techniques have been identified but still a lot of work to do to execute without creating temporary islands of ‘Nets

  3. Some times a kickstart is what is necessary, like with the 2G iPhone. A group of advanced 3G users would be great to convince companies to upgrade their networks. But Om what you mentioned about data plans is of the highest importance, especially in Europe where crossing borders -and paying mobile charges over the roof- is so easy. For this reason I think 3G data plans have at the moment a better future in the US where nationwide plans will be so convenient. Convenience has limits if the price to be paid is extremely high.
    Understandably a lot of people are waiting for the 3G iPhone but there is also other good stuff to arrive soon like Android, new Mobile Windows and plenty of smartphones from many companies.

  4. I think you are overestimating the impact of the iPhone on AT&T’s network. A couple of points.

    – Europe is seeing some bandwidth constraints, both in backhaul and in the air interface. However, this is almost entirely from the huge growth in data card sales that they have seen over the last year. Traffic will increase dramatically with the new functions/applications enabled by 3G, but they will still be no where near the GB’s of data downloaded on data cards.


    – While 3G is going to discourage people from using WiFi when they are travelling, I still think most people will use their WiFi routers when at home. The process is easy to set up on the iPhone, and once set, is pretty much transparent to the end user. That is likely to still keep quite a bit of data off of AT&T’s network.

    I think the only stats I have seen about data usage over EDGE on the iPhone came from O2. They stated that 60% of users were using 25MB’s of data a month. I know the 3G version will see a huge jump to that number, but I’m doubtful that it will cripple the network.

  5. Ah interesting. It will be interesting to see the mobile web take over… this 3G iPhone is quite tempting to the average person providing the prices don’t remain as high.

  6. Femtocells, back-hauled by ADSL, will come to the rescue of the 3G network. I am unaware of AT&T plans regarding Femto, but with the launch of iPhone 3G with flat data rates, Femto is a very good option for AT&T to avoid iPhones congesting their radio access and backhaul while at home. Not only that, Femto helps fight churn, as if an user has an AT&T femto cell, chances are all the family member will have an AT&T mobile phone too.

    For the users Femto cells have also interesting advantages, specially related to FemtoZone features such as: lower tariffs when calling from home, SMS notifications when your kids enter/leave home or unlimited data at home.

    Femto also bring features related to call routing: what about when someone calls your AT&T fixed line, all mobile phones that are physically at home ring? or the Caller ID is shown in the TV via U-verse? or the other way around if no mobile phone is at home, the call to the fixed line is routed to one of the mobiles? All user configurable from a web admin tool that, by the way, you can also configure from your iPhone

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