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Connected Cars, Data Traffic Jams, to Challenge Mobile Operators

By Phys.Org

May 27, 2015

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A new report from Machina Research suggests the rise of connected cars could create major network traffic headaches for mobile network operators. The report said certain cell sites could see data traffic nearly double over the next 10 years, driven in large part by increasing numbers of connected cars packed with navigation, safety, and entertainment devices that will vie with mobile devices for access to mobile networks.

The Machina report referenced a Gartner study estimating that one in five vehicles worldwide will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, amounting to more than 250,000 connected vehicles. Machina Research CEO Matt Hatton says while these connected cars are unlikely to consume a great deal of data, they will add to the total traffic volume that network operators will have to deal with. If not properly addressed, this could lead to dropped data sessions in affected areas.

Steve Bowker of TEOCO, a network assurance and analytics company, says network operators "need to more seriously consider how to cope with these demands for reduced latency, higher bandwidth, more signaling, and higher [quality of service]. This requires a more sophisticated and comprehensive approach to mobile network planning."

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