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3 Mobile network carries 20 Wikipedias worth of data a day

Friday, October 15th 2010 by Editorial

More than 100 terabytes of data are carried by the 3 Mobile network each day.

Network operator 3 Mobile has revealed details of how much data it carries on its network on a daily basis.

The mobile broadband provider said its infrastructure supports more than 100 terabytes of data per day, which is around 20 times the size of all the information stored on online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

More than 40 per cent of this usage comes in the form of high-bandwidth applications such as BBC iPlayer and YouTube, while 38 per cent is generated from web browsing via a dongle or mobile handset.

Almost six per cent consists of Microsoft software updates, while around 2.5 per cent is made up of instant messaging facilities such as Skype and MSN.

Chief executive of 3 Mobile UK Kevin Russell commented: "Smartphone and mobile broadband use is exploding."

In summer 2010, a YouGov study named 3 Mobile as the UK's best mobile broadband provider, with consumers voting the network top in ten of 12 quality criteria.

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