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DPI Goes MobileDPI Goes Mobile

9:10 AM Mobile operators turn to DPI to manage broadband usage

Michelle Donegan

November 16, 2009

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DPI Goes Mobile

9:10 AM -- More mobile operators are turning to deep packet inspection (DPI) to manage data traffic on their networks, according to Continuous Computing Corp.

The vendor claims that about 10 Tier 1 mobile operators use its DPI software. (See Continuous Pushes LTE, DPI.)

Since a small number of heavy data users can hog a lot of bandwidth and slow down mobile broadband networks, operators increasingly look to technologies like DPI to combat this scenario. With DPI, operators can monitor traffic patterns and prioritize time-sensitive applications like voice and streaming media.

Unstrung has reported that Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG started using DPI in July this year. The operator said it wanted to monitor customers' service usage patterns and have the ability to throttle bandwidth when necessary. O2 found that 5 percent of its customers use 80 percent of its 3G network capacity. (See O2 Germany Turns On DPI and MWC Preview: Rise of the Traffic Cops.)

To keep up with the latest in DPI developments, join Light Reading's virtual tradeshow tomorrow: Policy Control & Deep Packet Inspection. (See Net Neutrality: Not Neutered.)

Click here to register for the event, which kicks off at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Michelle Donegan

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry for the last 20 years on both sides of the Pond. Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and, most recently, Light Reading.  

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