Smut downloads pound Japan's 3G network
Data traffic swelled by filth
Japan's 3G network is taking a pounding from porn-hungry users, who are eagerly slurping up capacity to the point that service providers have been obliged to impose limits on abusers of "unlimited" net access packages.
According to Bloomberg, DoCoMo and KDDI Corp are feeling the heat, especially around midnight when “heavy users” spikes slow the $74bn network. A typical customer is 32-year-old Tokyo travel agent Takeshi, who coughs ¥6,300($66) a month for an unlimited deal, "allowing him to download adult movies on his mobile phone".
He said: “A mobile is far handier than a computer for internet access - I seldom use a PC outside the office."
Around 91 million of Takeshi's fellow citizens now surf via the 3G network, and Japan's online pornography business is growing at a rate of up to 1,000 new customers a day on the biggest sites, with some punters coughing ¥10,000 ($105) to sign up.
One such smutmonger, Soft On Demand, has seen revenues from its mobile site leap 40 per cent in the year to March 2009 to around ¥15m ($157,392) per month.
Hirotaka Ishimori, head of the company’s online division, said: “We see the mobile phone as potentially a huge market. Fixed-rate data plans, faster Internet access and sophisticated handsets are contributing to that growth.”
The bottom line is that Japan's 3G providers will have to tackle the porn capacity menace, as customers increasingly enjoy the full benefits of the network. Yusuke Tsunoda, a telecoms analyst at Tokai Tokyo Securities Co, concluded: “Pornography will eventually open a debate about how carriers should modify their business model as data traffic swells. It may prompt even tighter access restrictions.”
Bloomberg has more details on Japan's creaking 3G network here. ®
Guess what first iPhone Streaming apps are
Porn ! Ok not apps because Apple won't allow them but hotiphon.com for example is a web app that you can install as a standard app (or even anonymous password-protected one)... and what's even worse for networks is that it uses new HTTP Streaming protocol... so carriers can't filter it unless doing deep packet inspection ! This is just the beginning I guess
In 1998, Japan was the world's biggest producer of child pornography and Parliament recently refused to pass a law banning the production of child pornography, citing "business reasons." Under American pressure, in 2003 the Japanese government changed its child pornography laws to match those of the west, however it failed to curtail the industry. However today the law permits people to possess child pornographic images if they have no intention of selling them or pass them on to others.
It took almost an hour for someone to complain about the use of Yen and Dollars in the article.