Apple’s revolutionary iPad to lead ‘absolutely phenomenal’ mobile data growth

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Apple iPad owners will consume more data than users of iPhones or even 3G dongles, operators predicted in the run-up to the Friday’s launch of the web tablet in the UK,” David Meyer reports for ZDNet UK.

“Executives from the operators talked about the impact of the iPad at the Open Mobile Summit in London on Wednesday, where they debated ways to help their networks cope with the strain of mobile broadband,” Meyer reports.

“According to Deutsche Telekom’s chief technology officer Olivier Baujard, the ‘fixed internet experience today is being mobilised’ due to customer demand, and levels of mobile data usage will increase two or threefold in the years to come,” Meyer reports. “‘I would expect that [with] the type of user attracted by the iPad we would see the iPad above the iPhone 3GS and most probably above PC dongle-based users,’ Baujard said.”

“At the Open Mobile Summit in London, dozens of industry executives discussed the impact of the data explosion on their networks. Many at the event, including Baujard and Swantee, were in favour of offloading the data wherever possible to Wi-Fi networks or femtocells,” Meyer reports. “However, there was also much talk of tiered pricing, as enthusiastically suggested by Vodafone chief Vittorio Colao at this year’s Mobile World Congress. This approach would see some customers pay more to get a higher quality of service, including better speeds.”

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28 Comments

  1. Speaking of growth, AAPL is now eight billion dollars ahead of Microsoft in market cap, having just passed MS 2 days ago. That’s what you call blowing the doors off.

  2. Just bought my iPad, went to Apple Store Liverpool and they said there were 50 people queueing from 3am. I got there about 1pm and they had sold out of 16GB Wi-Fi 3G, but had stock of every other model.

    As I was buying mine from my friend who works there, I saw at least 10 other people buying iPads. And this is day 1.

    Like MDN and others have said: Bloodbath.

    P.S. My iPad freakin’ ROCKS!

  3. However, there was also much talk of tiered pricing, as enthusiastically suggested by Vodafone chief Vittorio Colao at this year’s Mobile World Congress. This approach would see some customers pay more to get a higher quality of service, including better speeds.

    Bleh… it’s always a bad sign when the telecos are “enthusiastic” about something as anti-consumer as “tiered pricing”, which discriminates against internet innovation.

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