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Bandwidth key to world’s future

How the various governments around the world address the current bandwidth concerns could play an important role in the future, the Guardian reported.

According to the news source, much of the world is currently grappling with the fine distinction between capacity and speed within the network. This problem is equally prominent among enterprise-class businesses.

The report said the rise of video as a pervasive technology on everything from billboards to IPTV solutions is pushing bandwidth concerns to the forefront because high-definition content requires high-capacity network connectivity. At the same time, ultra-high-definition video, which requires approximately eight times the amount of bandwidth as regular HD video, is on the horizon.

Similarly, many businesses are increasingly using enterprise video solutions for internal streaming events, social media, training and employee engagement. Such efforts create an environment where bandwidth limitations become extremely problematic.

The news source also explained that bandwidth is not the solution for all functions, as mobile applications and similar solutions generally need speed to perform well, but do not depend as much on high levels of data throughput because data packets are relatively small.

This divide between bandwidth and speed, which could prove problematic on a global scale, is already a major problem in the enterprise. Most corporate networks are built to send a large number of small data packets through the network quickly. They are not, generally, high-capacity networks. With video and similar technologies becoming more prominent, bandwidth, not speed, is a major concern.

However, there are solutions already available to solve enterprise network concerns. Video-specific delivery systems, such as an enterprise content delivery network, can reduce the impact that video has on the corporate network, making it easier to transmit data without creating performance issues.