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Mobile Operators: Creating Artificial Demand For Capacity? 268

An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from Broadband Convergent: "We all have been taught the basics of supply and demand since high school. If demand is high, prices rise. If demand is low, prices fall. Simple, but true; yet this concept can be manipulated artificially if, as seen with the latest projections of mobile operators, that higher demand means higher prices. Are the dire predictions being promoted by operator's a true demand, as we have been told, or capacity hoarding that will lead to artificially higher prices and more profits for the mobile industry?" The gist seems to be: operators have no incentive to maintain good infrastructure because it costs money and the artificial scarcity of capacity allows them to charge more.
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Mobile Operators: Creating Artificial Demand For Capacity?

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  • by MrKettlePot ( 2590587 ) on Monday April 02, 2012 @03:47PM (#39552441)

    A traveler from the future:

    This is not some crazy conspiracy. Normally as technology becomes cheaper, more efficient and more robust capability of that technology goes down. It's just a fact of life. Just look at the internet, we started with 56k dial up modems and then that was slowed down to 32k, then 16k, and as you all know most users now rely on the futuristic 8k modem. The same is true of hard drives, where we once enjoyed 30 terabytes drives those sizes have been going down ever since due to cheaper and more effective technology. I miss the days when I could store all 10 of those mp3 on my hard drive but you can't stand in the way of progress!

  • by nitehawk214 ( 222219 ) on Monday April 02, 2012 @04:30PM (#39553017)

    Collusion is illegal.

    Well, thanks there, Capt. Obvious... hard to recognize you without the cape, lol.

    One would think Captain Obvious would always be easy to recognize.

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake