Verizon Wireless to offer bandwidth boost API in 2012

It has been talked about for some time among policy-management vendors, but now Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is moving in the direction of leveraging network bandwidth in smartphone apps as a way to boost revenues.

The operator is expected to publish an API that will essentially allow customers to boost their bandwidth performance for a small fee.

Hugh Fletcher, associate director for technology in Verizon's product development and technology team, said Verizon expects that a subscriber running an app will have the ability to, in real time, add more bandwidth for the app if network congestion happens to slow it down.

Verizon expects to publish the app by the third quarter of 2012, and users will be able to pay for the bandwidth boost via a separate micro payment transaction API that Verizon is also developing.

"I think one of the things that you could do is guaranteed quality of service," Fletcher told PC Mag. "One of the things that we are right now is very democratic in terms of allocating spectrum and bandwidth to users. And just because you request a high quality of service doesn't mean you're going to get it. [The network] will try to give it to you, but if there's a lot of congestion, a lot of people using it, it won't kick people off... I think you could anticipate that maybe you'll have a Skype call that starts going bad," Fletcher said. "Wouldn't you like to be able to hit the turbo button and have that come back up to be a good call?"

For more:
- see this PC Mag article

Related articles:
Verizon's network optimization policy is about pricing as much as the network
Ovum: Operators need more than network policy control to drive mobile data profits
Ovum: Surge in data will see telcos change strategy
What do subscribers know about how mobile operators manage their data traffic during peak hours?

Suggested Articles

Skeptics say the risk of a network outage is too high to make 5G remote surgery possible but 5G experts say it’s not as farfetched as it sounds.

Celona is jumping head first into the CBRS arena, targeting enterprises that want a private LTE or 5G network.

One of the players in CBRS that hasn’t been making a lot of noise about its role as a SAS provider—until now—is Amdocs, which once was known for its wireless…