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Bandwidth Consumption and Broadband Reliability

Bandwidth Consumption and Broadband Reliability

The rapid growth of Internet-connected devices in the home is changing the way broadband services are consumed. In the past 18 months, the percentage of households with four or more devices accessing the web increased from 32 to 43 percent. The growth in mobile smartphones and tablets represents the fastest growing sector of connected devices, and offloading data traffic to WiFi networks is further driving the growth of home networking.

This increased utilization across multiple devices creates a new set of challenges for broadband providers. First, it increases the cost to set up and support these more complex home networks, compared to the traditional “one PC” home. Second, it creates contention within the home network for a shared resource - the broadband pipe. Finally, it increases overall demand for bandwidth, which in turn adds core capacity cost to the service provider.