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faryl
faryl
6/30/2016 9:12:45 PM
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Re: Just a hunch but I think the capacity spikes are going to get much taller
Good point. That used to be an issue with the mobile networks during emergencies - they'd get overwhelmed by people calling to make sure loved ones are OK.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/30/2016 9:43:36 PM
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Re: planning
@dlr5288 - This is true, planning ahead is always a great idea. But it is just as important, if not more so, to remain fluid in your plans. Being flexible will help them to adapt to others new ideas for the future that might completely change the technolgical landscape from what it is today. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/30/2016 9:46:34 PM
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Re: Just a hunch but I think the capacity spikes are going to get much taller
@faryl - you're right, networks used to struggle with allowing people to get through to loved ones during emergencies. But I believe that was a problem that was rectified. During the Orlando shooting, and shortly after I believe no one struggled with this as an issue. During inclement weather, it very well could just be weather that causes more of a problem than anything else. 

 

Smaller networks will likely always struggle with keeping up with larger networks. It's really just the nature of the beast. 

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faryl
faryl
6/30/2016 10:50:28 PM
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Re: Just a hunch but I think the capacity spikes are going to get much taller
I think you're right, it doesn't seem to be a problem that comes up any more (I remember it being an issue with the Seattle earthquake ... but that was ~15 years ago!). It seems mobile networks are robust enough to handle spikes in voice calls now. Some of the newer technology seems to be a bit reactive in its improvements - for example HBOs VOD issues for the Game of Thrones season premiere a couple of years back. Another positive development is that there are more options to receive current information now (for example, facebook's feature that prompts people to confirm they are ok during local disasters; hashtags on twitter; public forums like Reddit), so it's easier to find alternate ways to connect during times of crisis.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
6/30/2016 11:39:45 PM
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Re: planning
Yes I fully agree. Even though I believe that people should be focused I do think that they should be open to change as well. Being able to go with the flow is very important in this business.

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Adi
Adi
7/4/2016 5:49:31 AM
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Re: Just a hunch but I think the capacity spikes are going to get much taller
I think you are very right; and its a worrying scenario for network planning. Because not only will there be more users, there will be higher quality (and therefore probably higher bandwidth) video content.  And users will just get increasingly used to wanting live video feeds over time. New networks will help (4G, 5G) but in my experience, new applications just use up any additional capacity that is created pretty quickly. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
7/5/2016 7:15:38 AM
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Re: Just a hunch but I think the capacity spikes are going to get much taller
Adi,

And of course, purely as an added headache for anyone tasked with customer satisfaction, those "big news" (however defined) times are going to be when people most want the by-then familiar, high quality video.

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batye
batye
7/7/2016 3:25:45 AM
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Re: Just a hunch but I think the capacity spikes are going to get much taller
@Adi yes I see the same trends - needs for bigger/higher bandwith increasing rapidly... just too rapidly

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batye
batye
7/7/2016 3:27:51 AM
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Re: planning
@dlr5288 yes I could not agree more, but human nature is to resist change... holding to the old ways...

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Adi
Adi
7/7/2016 3:34:02 AM
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Re: Just a hunch but I think the capacity spikes are going to get much taller
@JohnBarnes yes, I agree. I think when most people are straining the network is when it needs to perform best, because that's the really "high-value" content. And that's the really scare bit if you're a network planner.

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