Thoughts on Systems

Emil Sit

Jan 19, 2009 - 1 minute read - Technology Thoughts cellphone flash crowds networks scalability

Capacity planning for cell phone networks

The New York Times has an article today about how the inauguration crowd will test cellphone networks. They wrote:

Sprint Nextel, which said it had been planning for the inauguration since April, has also increased capacity of its cell sites and terrestrial transmission lines to prepare the network to sustain 10 to 15 times the number of users it would serve on its networks during a normal day.

Web services (such as Twitter, also cited in the article) also have to deal with scalability and planning to provide adequate (network) capacity. It’s interesting to see how difficult (and expensive!) it can be to deal with flash crowds in other systems.