Britain’s Three mobile network has revealed that a massive 97 percent of all traffic on its network is data. Admittedly, Three is more data orientated than the other carriers, but the figure is almost unbelievably high.
Yesterday we heard Noel Gallagher moaning about smartphones and saying he preferred his 1994 Nokia. Well, it seems he is more out of touch than we thought.
Now that VOIP services such as Skype, Viber and Tango are taking more and more traffic, the emphasis is moving from GSM voice calls into data. That, coupled with increased use of data for all purposes, is squeezing the traditional GSM and SMS services. With figures like those from Three, it can only be a matter of time before data totally eclipses GSM. It is quite possible to imagine all traffic going via data within just a few years.