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Acute bandwidth shortage looming, study finds

An independent Global Bandwidth Study, commissioned by CIP Technologies, has revealed that the bandwidth glut is hi...


July 16, 2008  


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An independent Global Bandwidth Study, commissioned by CIP Technologies, has revealed that the bandwidth glut is history and the world’s consumers are facing a bandwidth famine.

According to CIP, due to huge changes in network content and social behaviours, the bandwidth demand is set to exceed 160 Tbits/s by 2010 an annual demand that exceeds the equivalent of the combined broadband network usage of the previous decade (1998-2008).

The study concluded that a significant investment is needed to ensure that businesses can share large files and send high quality images (for health, design and videoconferencing purposes) and home users are able to access and enjoy high definition internet television (IPTV), on-line gaming and other services requiring large data transfers at high speed such as video-clip and image sharing.

“The Global Bandwidth Study demonstrates that current telecom networks will be unable to cope with the scaling demands for bandwidth,” said David Smith, chief technology officer for CIP.

“A step-change in technology is needed that can not only deliver this bandwidth demand at economic cost but also significantly reduce the amount of energy required to power and cool it. The current technology will be physically too large and energy-hungry to deliver the levels of bandwidth growth demanded by users.

“A new technology is required that will help deliver the bandwidth and support the telcos’ challenge to reduce costs and their carbon footprint. CIP believes that photonic integration will be increasingly the way forward to provide the step change cost reduction per unit bandwidth necessary to economically meet projected demand.”