Hotels might have to consider offering tiered fees for better wifi service
Hotel wifi has never been the best internet connection for many people, but it might actually have gotten worse recently. The New York Times reports an increasing number of complaints about hotel wifi so slow you can compare it to dial-up connections of old. The culprit, according to hotel and meeting industries information provider iBAHN, is Apple's iPad.
More people now carry multiple mobile devices on the road, and the iPad in particular is used for bandwidth-heavy tasks like streaming videos due to its relatively large screen real estate. "The bits used for video streaming and downloading increased thirtyfold on our network in one year," says iBAHN chief executive David W. Garrison. In that regard, you can say that tablets of similar size share the responsibility of clogging up hotel wifi connections. But since the iPad accounts for a massive 97% of tablet-based web traffic, it's getting all the blame.
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