If the pipes are too small and what’s going through them too big — which is the case on many mobile data networks (hey AT&T, how’s that iPhone traffic treating you?) — then wouldn’t it make sense to add some compression algorithms to the mix?
It makes sense certainly, and something operators — not to mention mobile phone users — have experimented with. On the vendor side, players like OpenWave and Bytemobile offer network-based solutions that operators can deploy to “optimize” mobile data delivery via a variety of techniques. Meanwhile, a handful of mobile Web browsers, such as Skyfire, have tried to drive compression right down to the handset, utilizing proxy servers and compression algorithms on the back-end and specialty browser clients on the phone.
Do bandwidth optimization techniques taken from the VoIP world have something to offer to the equation? more