Fast Phones Threaten Internet Traffic Jam

iPhone promises faster surfing on the web

By Consumer Bob
|  Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 9:12 PM PDT
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Smartphones Creating Bandwidth Demand

Rich Picket from San Diego State tells NBC 7 reporter Consumer Bob about how keeping the school's bandwidth capacity high enough for the thousands of students on campus.
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When Rich Pickett got his new Apple iPhone 5, it didn't take long to start using it. Not only is it thinner and with a bigger screen, but it promises to be eight times faster than his old phone. And that means more work for Pickett.

"We add more bandwidth or pipe as we call the internet," said Picket, "We monitor the system on a daily basis."

Pickett is the Chief Information Officer for San Diego State University. It is his job to make sure the campus can meet the demand for WiFi connection. "We've been peaking at 16-thousand simultaneous wireless devices," said Picket. He said that is around 10 times more than last year.

Students like Ricky Nguyen want a fast connection when he uses his smart phone and laptop computer. "I expect my information to be reliable, quick, fast and on the spot," said Nguyen.

And when it happens to slow down, Jose Garcia is frustrated.

"I'm like, Oh my gosh, it's not happening," said Garcia.

But now there is a bigger demand on the school's internet and cellular capabilities with the addition of the new iPhone 5 4G L.T.E and the popularity of other Android smartphones. The new Apple phone is able to use much more internet capabilities in a shorter amount of time. And those who provide access must keep up.

"Everybody who has a wireless network, with all these devices is impacted," said Rich Pickett.

Pickett doesn't expect the finite internet bandwidth to run out any time soon but says it is a concern to everyone who provides access.

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