O2 Reports Strained iPhone Traffic on London Network, Chinese iPhone Sales Top 300,000

AT&T isn’t the only wireless carrier to see its network strained by iPhone traffic.  Over the course of 2009, UK-based carrier O2  reportedly faced the same technical challenges for the past six months. Since the iPhone’s release, O2′s London network has seen an 18-fold increase in traffic from the iPhone, the network itself crashing numerous times since the summer.

The carrier has stated that a $48 million investment in its London network has eased the problems and allowed for deployment of 200 extra mobile stations.
“Where we haven’t met our own high standards then there’s no question,
we apologize to customers for that fact,” Chief Executive Ronan Dunne
stated in a recent interview. “But it would be wrong to say O2 has failed its customers en masse.”

Meanwhile, iPhone sales in China have reportedly hit a new peak as wireless carrier China Unicom reported that the 300,000th unit on Monday. The sales mark stands in sharp contract to China Unicom only selling 100,000 units in the 40 days following the handset’s launch in that country.

Although China offers a potential market of 700 million wireless subscribers, Apple has had to face down an active gray market for hacked iPhones as well as a government mandate that prompted Apple to restrict the iPhone’s Wi-Fi capabilities from the outset.

[Via AppleInsider]

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