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Technology Diary — January 21, 2023

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Technology Diary — January 21, 2023

Everything is the same as before

I am at an anti-AfD demo in Berlin, where it is said locally that there were 350,000 people present. I actually have an appointment with one of them, it’s to hand over the keys. But nothing comes of this because there is no network at the location of the event, in front of the Reichstag building, for the entire duration of the demonstration.


The screenshot is about the “not sent” icons on the last two messages. In between, I tried to share my location for some time but gave up. This location message is already deleted in the screenshot. In total, I was unavailable for about an hour and couldn’t send any messages.

I haven’t seen that in a long time. This used to be normal on New Year’s Eve and at re:publica, but at re:publica in 2014 there was functioning mobile phone coverage for the first time. Unfortunately, the technology diary doesn’t say exactly when the New Year’s Eve problem stopped and I can’t remember either, but maybe it was around that time.

Practical for documentation: I happened to be demonstrating yesterday. At wir-haben-es-satt.de there were 8,000 people on the street and I had no cell phone problems, even at the very beginning when everyone was still gathered in the same place.

Not so practical for documentation: somewhere between 8,000 and 350,000 people in a radio cell (or several neighboring radio cells) is the limit of what the mobile networks can handle in 2024. But there is a lot of space between these two numbers.

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(Kathrin Passig)

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