[AusNOG] iCloud - Is it going to hurt access providers?

Daniel Hooper dhooper at gold.net.au
Sun Sep 4 23:51:42 EST 2011

Old news but relevant to this thread I think .. http://connectedplanetonline.com/3g4g/news/tia-2011-verizon-wireless-to-offload-3g-4g-data-through-free-wi-fi-hotspots-0519/

These bandwidth intensive applications on mobile devices are going to continually pop up, providers really need to start thinking along the lines of offloading as much as they can to WIFI which seems to be the new trend.


-----Original Message-----
From: ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net [mailto:ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Bevan Slattery
Sent: Sunday, 4 September 2011 8:28 PM
To: Lincoln Dale; Skeeve Stevens
Cc: 'ausnog at ausnog.net'
Subject: Re: [AusNOG] iCloud - Is it going to hurt access providers?

-----Original Message-----
From: Lincoln Dale [mailto:ltd at cisco.com] 
Sent: Sunday, 4 September 2011 3:53 PM

1. it won't "smash" any 3G/4G networks as it only does a backup on WiFi.

Can't wait to get my hands on iCloud and give it a whirl.  I'm pretty sure Photostream uploads automatically across all devices (when enabled) and operates on 3G etc...  But you're right it appears the backup is on wifi at this stage so the initial rush shouldn't be too bad on 3G networks.

2. you have to EXPLICITLY ENABLE the backup and it tells you exactly how much data its going to transfer.  caveat emptor.  just as is the case today with mobile broadband & quotas.

Correct.  But the same logic means no-one complains to the TIO today because of mobile broadband and quotas? Good luck with that one :)  But you're right that if it sync's over wifi then the issues relating to 3G congestion would be much less.

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