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Verizon Wireless Designs API for Bandwidth Boost in Apps

US wireless carrier Verizon has designed a new API which will allow customers to give a temporary bandwidth boost to their apps when network congestion slows them down.

According to PC Mag (opens in new tab), the API was showed off at Verizon's Application Innovation Center in San Francisco, which has been developed to provide developers with resources that would help their apps work better on Verizon's network.

The company says that whenever customers feel that the app they are using is slowing down, they can press the turbo boost button to give it more bandwidth to perform much more faster. Verizon plans to charge for the use of the API.

Verizon said that it hopes to launch the network optimisation API during the third quarter of 2012. The company said that users would be able to pay for the extra bandwidth using the micropayments API, which the company is developing, that will be launched in 2012.

"One of the things that we are right now is very democratic in terms of allocating spectrum and bandwidth to users. And just because you request a high quality of service doesn't mean you're gonna get it. [The network] will try to give it to you, but if there's a lot of congestion, a lot of people using it, it won't kick people off," said Hugh Fletcher, associate director for technology in Verizon's Product Development and Technology team.

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