Misleading? Irrelevant? I don't know what planet you live on but the physics on my planet dictates that a cell phone is NOT going to host 1,000 players simultaneously. Period.
Furthermore, the physics on my planet is dictated by the speed of light. Whether the player is farther away or closer to the server has ZERO relevance on how the server is communicating. DISTANCE determines the delay in the signal whether it's UDP, TCP, FTP, HTTP, Websockets or a tin can on a string (ok, so that last one is dictated by the speed of sound. Same principle).