50-fold growth in wireless traffic by 2016 likely to exceed network capacity
And this would contribute to a 50-fold growth in wireless traffic by 2016.
The bandwidth crunch would not mean users failing to connect at all, the report added, but mobile networks would suffer "rush hours" just like roads do. During these times, it might take two or three attempts to connect, there would be three or four times as many dropped calls, web pages may freeze and browsing speeds would be much reduced, the report said.
Despite the roll out of fourth generation (4G) networks which would also speed the passage of data, demand for wireless bandwidth will likely attempt to outstrip these improvements in supply for at least several years.
As a conclusion, the report expects "Major metropolitan areas in some geographies to see continued deterioration in end-user experience."