Top Tenth of Internet Users Hog 90 Percent of Bandwidth World-Wide
Like in economics, there is an apparent imbalance in the usage of broadband internet connection distribution. A recent study reveals that 90 percent of congestion in this segment is contributed by a meager 10 percent users. With respect to mobile communication, nearly half of the bandwidth is engaged by top one percent of the customers.
The study was conducted by a service advising company, Arieso, based in Newbury, England. The company has an impressive service record of giving advices to mobile operators in Europe, the United States of America, and Africa.
The above data comes from an observation done in Europe, in a span of one day. They also expressed an apprehension that the gap will widen further by the passage of time.
Arieso names the top 10 percent customers who consume 90 percent bandwidth, the extreme users. Among the extreme users, 64 percent use laptop, one third use smartphones and the remaining 3 percent use iPad. Most of the extreme users belong to developed nations, and is a particular example of communication resource dislocation by a rich minority.
A major reason for this phenomenon is the introduction of smart devices. Developing nations are still using the old 2G to provide mobile services, while developed nations such as the US, Japan, European countries are the huge market place for smart devices, which utilize new generation data transfer modules. Countries like Sweden and Finland have half of their mobile gadget coming under smart devices.
Most of the providers give away their services for cheaper prices. This adds to the overcrowding in mobile bandwidth. The congestion, somehow, is bad thing for service providers. They will have to invest more to do away with the difficulties and to maintain normality.