NTT DoCoMo asks Google to limit Android data use

first_imgEver since the smartphone became popular, the mobile networks have been complaining about how much extra data users pull down and the stress that puts on their infrastructure. Such data use has seen most networks introduce caps on contracts and significant fees per gigabyte if those caps are exceeded.In Japan, network operator NTT DoCoMo is going a step further and requesting that Google limit how much data Android requests, as well as the frequency of those requests. The plea comes following several service disruptions, with the most recent seeing DoCoMo’s service go down due to VoIP use on Android devices.While VoIP certainly accounts for heavy data use, DoCoMo want Google to go further than just limiting such a service. They want the control signals sent by certain Android apps, which can be as frequent as every 3 minutes, limited further so as not to be constantly hammering the network. That request also extends to 3rd party developers. Depending on the type of app, that may actually render a few unusable due to their reliance on very regular data updates to a handset or tablet.The request to limit data use brings us back to the issue of investment. Is DoCoMo making this request because it genuinely thinks Android uptake and use will bring its network down, or is it trying to save money and limit investment on its network infrastructure?Ultimately it doesn’t matter what the reason is, smartphone use is not slowing down and data use will only increase as more services come online, especially in the entertainment category. NTT DoCoMo must surely realize this and the heavy investment required to support it. Even if Google does somehow limit Android data use, that just pushes back the same problem for a short period of time.Google has yet to comment publicly on this request to limit data use. I suspect the answer may not be what NTT DoCoMo wants to hear, though. We also have to consider that if Google do somehow respond by cutting data use, other networks around the world will be demanding the same.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more