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Mobile at the Inauguration

- January 20, 2009 - 2 Comments

With millions of people expected in Washington D.C. tomorrow, the mobile companies are concerned about the potential peak load. Considering how much Obama’s campaign emphasized mobile technology, heavy usage by the crowd would not come as a surprise. My family visited Washington D.C. during the holidays, and we saw the inauguration platform under construction on the west side of the U.S. Capitol, and grandstands going up along Pennsylvania Avenue. I noticed cells-on-wheels already in place, ready for the extraordinary traffic from the upcoming event.This evening, the Disney Channel was showing its Kid’s Inaugural. They decided to celebrate with Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers…what a surprise! Anyway, Michelle Obama attended with her two daughters, Malia and Sasha. One shot showed Sasha using a mobile phone to take a picture of the concert. Glad to see the First Family using mobile technology in such a visible way!

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  1. Multicast would have helped distributing content from major news organizations. I understand some people had trouble access video over IP streams, given the inauguration happened when many were at their desk computers (rather than home TVs).Multicast not as helpful in the other direction, from the million plus people on the Mall sending content from their mobile devices.Early reports indicate some innauguration congestion on the web and mobile networks.For instance, the San Francisco Chronicle reports:

  2. I think the solution can be acheived with the help of multicast streaming. The same way cisco provided for bejing.regardsshivlu jain