The demand for mobile wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets is increasing and there seems to be no end to the quantity of new devices being added to our nation’s wireless networks. Along with this is the demand for more data bandwidth.
A fine example of this is what happened to the city of San Francisco, California soon after the iPhone was released. So many people in San Francisco started using their iPhones for streaming data on the go and even streaming video and audio while they were at work and home caused AT&T’s wireless broadband network to become overloaded.
AT&T responded by installing a few more cell sites and upgrading the bandwidth in others. Later on, AT&T responded by eliminating it’s unlimited data plan for new users.
They are also working at changing over some of the old unlimited data plans. At least they changed their Term and Conditions to allow for them to start forcing the older plans into tiered data plans including data overage charges.
A company called Devicescape has come up with an idea of selling Wi-Fi access to the wireless companies and the software to allow them to offload some of their data to Devicescape’s Wi-Fi nodes. They have a nation-wide network of over a million wireless nodes they call the “Devicescape Virtual WiFi Network”.
By offloading their data to the Virtual WiFi Network, the wireless companies can help eliminate future and present cell site congestion and overloading. They can also save money as they will not have to worry about handling the data past the offload point.
I wonder: will the wireless providers that use the Devicescape Virtual WiFi Network pass on the savings to their customers?