4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of technologies, has published a white paper that explores methods for addressing the critical challenge of mobile data demand outpacing mobile broadband capacity.

"Optimizing the Mobile Application Ecosystem" outlines the mobile industry's challenges in handling the increasing demand of data traffic and identifies some potential solutions to enable ways to support and manage this traffic growth. It is organized to provide the reader with the technical description of the critical components of the mobile Internet ecosystem.

The solutions to the challenge faced by network operators will need to be shared by other members of the wireless ecosystem including application developers and regulators that direct wireless spectrum and telecommunications policy. Following are some of the potential solutions reviewed in the paper:

  • Optimization and expansion of existing networks
    • Upgrading mobile network infrastructures to their latest generation of standards
    • Expanding network infrastructure to eliminate network bottlenecks
    • Traffic offloading options (e.g. femtocells, Wi-Fi AP)
    • Deploying service layer optimization elements to improve utilization of network capacity
  • Optimizing applications to maximize utilization of spectrum and network capacity
    • Optimizing network parameter for signaling traffic usage
    • Scheduling large capacity, time-insensitive applications to run in non-peak usage hours
    • Motivating application developers to maximize network capacity utilization
  • Planning for newer technology deployment and access to additional spectrum
    • Defining the most appropriate frequency range for new spectrum coupled with technology

The white paper was written collaboratively by members of 4G Americas and is available for free download at www.4gamericas.org.