Guam operator expands 3G network to match smartphone growth

The rapid growth of smartphones on Guam is prompting GTA TeleGuam to expand its 3G wireless network capacity for handling the rising data and voice communications traffic.

The operator has activated three additional 3G cellsites in downtown Hagatna, Tumon and Tamuning, bringing to seven the total number of cellsites the carrier has added in the past two months. Work is continuing on three more cellsites that the company expects to be operational by the end of March.

“Today’s ability to do more things on the go – such as checking email, sharing videos, or checking social networking sites – is driving exponential growth of mobile data traffic,” said Andrew Gayle, executive vice president of product management and development for GTA TeleGuam. “In the past year, GTA TeleGuam’s mobile data and voice traffic has more than quadrupled, due largely to the proliferation of smartphones on our 3G network.”

Additional capacity through the three new cellsites will ensure faster data connections for sending and receiving messages and downloading information from the Internet.

Last month, GTA TeleGuam activated four 3G cellsites in Tumon, Dededo, Tiyan, and Micronesia Mall to boost capacity and keep up with insatiable wireless data demand.

According to industry researchers, mobile data traffic is forecast to double worldwide each year through 2014.

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