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College IT networks unprepared for download of new mobile operating system


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Technology companies are never far from the headlines, but recently, one manufacturer made the news for the wrong reasons. The release of Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 7, proved so popular among college students that the additional bandwidth used to download the software caused serious problems at universities across the country, The Huffington Post reported.

Mobile mania
The increase in download traffic by smartphone users to upgrade their operating system has been so substantial that some colleges have requested that students refrain from downloading iOS 7 through campus networks. Several universities were ill-equipped for the significant increase in bandwidth, whereas others had prepared contingency measures to cope with the additional traffic.

"The suspicion is that it is principally these downloads of iOS 7," Allen Taylor, chief technology officer at Marshall University in West Virginia, told the school's student newspaper. "These kinds of things happen all the time when large releases occur, such as Windows or Mac OS."

While the technical woes proved troublesome for IT support personnel at some of the nation's schools, many students took to social networks like Twitter to poke fun at the situation.

Warm reception
Although downloads of iOS 7 caused headaches at some schools on launch day, students themselves found the new mobile operating system to be a significant improvement over its predecessor.

Jennifer Smola, a collegiate correspondent for USA Today, wrote that many students have embraced the operating system's clean, minimalist design enthusiastically. In addition, new features offered by iOS 7 have also proven to be a hit among college students.

"To not have to dig through a whole bunch of different screens is kind of nice," Erin Stipp, a junior at Grand Canyon University in Arizona, told the news source. "'Do Not Disturb' is really useful when you're sitting in class."

Smartphone adoption among young people has reached unprecedented levels in recent years, making the devices an integral part of student life. A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that almost 80 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 own a smartphone. With this kind of usage, it is little wonder that colleges were unable to cope with the additional bandwidth caused by downloads of the new operating system.

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