Washington Mall cellphone crash concern
December 26th, 2008

Will millions of messages, launches, and photo snaps simultaneous with the Presidential Inaugural Address and Oath of Office crash wireless nets? The Washington Post reports efforts to cope with the anticipated inaugural cellphone fusillades:

When President-elect Barack Obama takes stage in a few weeks to deliver his inauguration address, no doubt many of the estimated 2 million people expected to gather on the Mall will simultaneously hold their cellphones aloft to snap and send photos, call friends and family, and send text messages like, “omg, yes we did!”

But please don’t, wireless network operators say.

For months, the carriers have been preparing for a predicted explosion of cellphone traffic during inauguration weekend as millions of visitors are expected to gather in the Washington area for festivities. Wireless operators say they plan to boost capacity at cell sites on the mall, along the Beltway and underground on Metro so that more calls can be placed at the same time.


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