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Japan's mobile phone users made 260,000 years' worth of calls in 2011

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Can anybody explain how this statistic has any bearing on our daily lives.

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"with conversations lasting 2.27 billion hours".

Wow, some of those chats were looooong!!

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What an incredibly useful piece of information. How much taxpayer money is wasted every year on stupid government surveys such as this one?

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NeverSubmit and Marcellito, these statistics are very important for estimating the system's load and availability and the remaining resource.

As you might (not) know, the radio spectrum is a limited resource, and it's management falls into the responsibility of the government. If not carefully monitored, chaos and disaster scenarios can occur. Just imagine not being able to make a phone call because of an overload. Technically, only about less than 10 % of the running phones are actually used to make a phone call at any given moment. The networks can take about 25%, and this can be shown as a number of years worth of conversation / year.

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2011 was a peak year for a well known reason, no wonder 2012 is more radio-silent.

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Is this a lot or a little?

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ebisen - wouldn`t the network providers be easily able to provide such information to govt. (on the spectrum usage ) instead of govt. conducting surveys ?

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Its roughly 22 hours/person/year or 3.6 minutes/ day , assuming 100 Million out of 120 Million of Japanese population uses cell phone.

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NeverSubmit and Marcellito, these statistics are very important for estimating the system's load and availability and the remaining resource.

note that I said "our" daily lives.

These statistics may be useful for the technicians in Docomo but what are we, the general public supposed to do about it.

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and people in Japan wrote the equivalent of 100,000,000,000 kilometres with pens or pencils or markers, down from 120,000,000,000 kilometres the previous year which indicates that people are writing less.

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Big fricking do... that ends up being just 3 minutes a day for every person, or maybe 6 minutes a day for every active cellphone user. At normal data rates, that's just 4MB/day, which is practically nothing. I usually consume or four dozen times that a day.

And before people think it's off topic, the entire reason why they released this info is because of how it affects their networks on a data level.

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There are an estimated 100 million mobile phones but there are many with two and even three phones so its impossible to know how much time that would average out at.

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I would have enjoyed knowing the star system travel distance / time equivalency....lol.

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I wonder how many thousands of years people wish they could have back.

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