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Wireless connectivity is the new currency in today's digital age. The proliferation of smart, portable devices has fuelled the rise of digital natives who expect to be always connected everywhere they go, every single day.
Mobile workers, who are projected to make up 42% of the global workforce by 2020, rely more on connectivity than ever before to stay productive beyond their own cubicle. At the same time, connected travellers are increasingly demanding to stay plugged in so they can keep in touch with loved ones back home-and more importantly, access online maps and navigation apps to get around safely in a foreign land.
On a macro level, connectivity continues to transform the way we live. Policymakers are turning to smart city technologies, such as intelligent transportation systems, to overcome the challenges of rapid urbanisation. It's no surprise why smart city technology investments in Asia-Pacific, home to some of the world's largest and fastest growing urban areas, are expected to reach US$63.4 billion in seven years' time. In 2012, Guangdong officials collaborated with local telco operators to send 30 million warning texts about the incoming typhoon Vicente, potentially saving the lives of many.
These point to a conclusion: that connectivity empowers people and nations to do more, and is key to economic development.
When networks buckle under bandwidth stress
However, as more people and devices get connected, mobile networks will start to feel the strain of a spectrum crunch, which is felt more strongly in densely populated locations and during special events.
Take the Longines Hong Kong International Races for instance, the country's largest race day event. In 2015, it saw a record turnout of 80,000 spectators within the Sha Tin Racecourse. Poor reception and slow data throughput is a common occurrence during such large-scale events as massive phone usage overwhelms mobile networks. In some cases, users are even unable to make calls-possibly preventing those in need from reaching emergency services.
Service providers also face difficulties staying on track when it comes to keeping public transit passengers on subway systems seamlessly connected, especially during rush hours. Weak mobile handover capabilities, coupled with poor interference resistance and bandwidth that spreads too thin, spell slow network speeds and patchy signals, a source of frustration for daily commuters.
So how can service providers ensure no dip in network quality and reliability? Here are three ways they can ease congestion for bandwidth-hungry users and meet their expectations of an uninterrupted wireless experience.
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