Mobile Video

Mobile Upload Uprising

10:35 AM -- BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- While the mobile operators brace their networks for more mobile video downloads, consumers are eager to share bigger files than ever before via mobile uploads.

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) CEO Kevin Johnson, speaking here Thursday morning, said that mobile Internet download speeds are currently much faster than upload speeds, which hasn't been a problem since users were downloading 2.5 times more content than they were uploading. But all that is set to change.

To illustrate, he showed a video of young people at a concert, live streaming it with their cell phones back to a friend who was at home on her tablet.

Fellow panel member, Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) CEO Dan Hesse, responded to the network implications of this and the mention of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s new 41megapixel camera, with "yikes!"

Johnson was making his point to pitch the operators on the value of a programmable, symmetrical Internet that offers the same level of support to both actions, and a network that can respond in real time to this kind of uptick in traffic.

While you don't see that much uploading action going on today, I think that's because the experience has been fraught with buffering and stalling, events worth recording are usually too congested to share and there's been few outlets capable of receiving the video.

That's starting to change, at least from a technology perspective (concerts are still crowded, unfortunately). Handsets are coming up to speed, network vendors like Juniper are providing the backend support and companies like Aylus Networks Inc. are encouraging upload with new services to upload videos directly to social networks. (See Aylus Wants Operators to Get (Video-) Chatty.)

This doesn't mean we will all suddenly become mobile video broadcasters, but it's a scenario operators are wise to prepare for anyway.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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