The Cloud claims 3G data networks are going to the wall
Of course it's in the interests of a major Wi-Fi network to claim mobile service providers are in £G 3G meltdown, but that doesn't mean it's not true. Techcrunch reports that The Cloud are actively scaremongering, reporting that data services are at breaking point due to 'the rise in smartphone usage and the accompanying ‘unlimited’ data plans, along with social networking, online video and music streaming, all of which encourage data usage'.
Even if The Cloud are pushing the story to suit their own agenda, it won't come as a surprise to anybody - it wasn't so long ago that O2 admitted their data network was falling down in the face of increasing 3G usage, with traffic across the UK doubling every four months causing prolonged network failures in London.
And while the service providers pump more and more money into strengthening their service - O2 claims to have pumped £30 million into improving infrastructure at the end of last year -it seems unlikely operators will continue providing unlimited or overly generous data plans. Not only is there a whole slew of brand new, data-hungry smartphones on the way, but continuing sales of netbooks and the likelihood of 3G tablets becoming mainstream products in the next two years - it's all likely to force providers to rethink their data deals with consumers.