Using Packet Data for Critical Tasks

This is just a short tip for those who need to carry out critical tasks over their GPRS/EDGE/3G/3.5G connections, but have been generally frustrated with unreliable performance.

The best time belt to get your mission-critical or heavy online tasks executed over a GSM network at the moment is between the hours of 5.30 a.m. and 8 a.m. During this period, even file uploads are swift with a capital “S”, and you can imagine what downloading is like.

Barring any other hitches, the networks are least congested during this period.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

6 thoughts on “Using Packet Data for Critical Tasks

  • June 23, 2009 at 9:47 am
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    There’s a typo on your “foor”.
    Peak rate speeds vary on the different networks,not to mention the location of the individual.

  • June 23, 2009 at 11:36 am
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    Soul, what typo are you referring to?

    Yes; network speeds vary across networks and from location to location, but this time belt is still the best bet regardless.

  • June 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm
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    Maybe you could run some network speeds along the major networks in an area at that time of day. You know also depends on what data connection in use and the mobile app. using it. Not mention type of device,hardware and software parts. They all contribute, in one way or the other,to the ‘speed’ you mentioned.
    An thorough experiment might be needed. 🙂

  • June 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm
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    Soul, thanks. Typo corrected.

    On your point, here is the focus of this tip:

    This is just a short tip for those who need to carry out critical tasks over their GPRS/EDGE/3G/3.5G connections, but have been generally frustrated with unreliable performance…

    Barring any other hitches, the networks are least congested during this period.

    The unreliable network performances of GSM networks for data (and voice) are by-and-large the product of network congestion. This has been flogged to death over the last 6 years.

    If you want to get smooth performance on a GSM network, your best bet is the stated time-band, as that period is generally the least congested.

    My tip has nothing to do with optimizing your type of data connection, hardware, software or any other factor. Just network performance.

    If you are using GPRS, you will get better speeds during that belt. If its EDGE, the same, etc, etc. It does not matter what type of connection you use. The context in which I wrote was that of network performance only.

    And yes; the tip I gave is a product of research. Cheers.

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