I quite playing for awhile due to this in my area.
Also, they might or might not have added support. They certainly are using more resources … have you heard of Endgame? It might be sucking down some of the available resources. They have servers running for it now & open beta for those who solve their puzzles is coming … https://mirviriam.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/niantics-endgame-game/
Ingress has never been known as the speediest of games. In all fairness, a lot of people play Ingress simultaneously from all over the world. Keeping it running is an impressive feet. Still, sometimes, it seems like Niantic puts exactly ZERO EFFORT into speeding the game up or making it more efficient so that all that traffic can be handled. Instead, developers seem hell bent on adding more bandwidth hogging animations or cosmetic interface changes. These days, deploying a portal can take 90 seconds or longer. Worse, sometimes, the game will just animate while doing nothing. And, yet again, it seems in version 1.72.1 that not only was no effort made at making the game faster and more playable, but it seems slower than ever.
Why you no want people to enjoy playing your game?