Porn Downloads Straining Japanese 3G Mobile Networks

Bloomberg reports that the strain on Japanese networks, like the massive $74 billion DoCoMo network, from porn is prompting the consideration of download limits. Japanese carriers DoCoMo and KDDI Corp. say that the strain caused in part from pornographic movie downloads have caused limits to be placed on the heaviest users of the network.

Analyst Windsor Holden from Juniper Research told Bloomberg, "When you have unlimited data, you’re going to have an issue with capacity -- it’s an issue that’s been waiting to happen. It wouldn’t surprise me that it happens in Japan first because they’ve had 3G for so much longer."

3G networks came online in Japan years before they were offered in America. KDDI and DoCoMo aren’t alone in placing or considering limits on downloads -- Softbank Corp., the third largest Japanese provider and the exclusive iPhone provider, is also considering limits on downloads.

The mobile providers can’t see the types of downloads that customers are grabbing online, but the two top porn providers in Japan say that mobile downloads are driving revenue growth.

Yusuke Tsunoda from Tokai Tokyo Securities Co said, "Pornography will eventually open a debate about how carriers should modify their business model as data traffic swells. It may prompt even tighter access restrictions."

The Japanese providers allege that they receive numerous complaints from users about a slow network or stoppages around midnight, when use form heavy users spikes.

KDDI spokesman Keiichi Sakurai said, "We can’t see customers’ data but can surmise the biggest portion of it is probably movies. We can’t deny the possibility those movies include adult content."

Bloomberg reports that the official big earner for Japanese mobile networks is music downloads, but unofficially the biggest earner is porn downloads.

Source: DailyTech

Tags: 3G, Internet, pornography

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Sales of new models way below those of 2017 generation
The new Windows 10 browser will run on the Chromium engine
Google will shut the service down in April of 2019 instead of August as initially planned
The regular S10 will sport a 6.1-inch panel with the same front-facing camera design
The smartphone has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixel) Infinity-O display
Google Play Services will deprecate the aging OS in newer releases
Apple might be looking to trial the feature on the iPad before iPhone
Toshiba, which released the world’s first 14TB nearline 3.5-inch and 26.1mm-height HDDs with 9-disk
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (11)