Thursday, October 27, 2011
The internet has emerged as a precious commodity for consumers and businesses alike, but the infrastructure support may not be up to the task of meeting customer demands. According to a recent Globe and Mail report, this trend is especially prevalent in Canada, where consumers are demanding faster internet services and vendors are failing to upgrade infrastructure at a pace many would like.
Citing an Angus Reid study, the report said almost 50 percent of Canadians would sacrifice their television services before they would give up the internet. This points to the growing popularity of internet-based systems in the country, even though supporting technologies may have fallen behind.
The news source explained many internet service providers made the jump to cable or asymmetric digital subscriber line service plans quite some time ago, but are struggling to take another step forward. As a result, the copper cable infrastructure within the country is stifling consumers and businesses as they stream more video content and perform other bandwidth-intensive tasks.
These high bandwidth actions are strangling many ISP networks, and vendors are responding by capping data rates for many consumers. For example, the report said one service provider reduces transmission speeds to 80 Kbps for its customers if they are using the internet for online video games. Others identify when video streaming is taking place and reduce speeds for that service to leave more bandwidth for other users. Setting data caps that restrict how much information can be downloaded in a month is another common solution for ISPs, according to the news source.
To resolve these issues, the report said more ISPs are beginning to turn to fiber to the home technology, which connects residential areas to robust fiber-optic cable networks enabling high speeds and almost unlimited bandwidth.
According to the news source, FTTH is already popular in many areas of the United States and a few parts of Canada, but is primed for expansion throughout the country as internet needs rise among consumers.
FTTH is not only useful for consumers, but attractive to businesses as well. In this instance, the term shifts to fiber to the business. A recent Light Reading report said the FTTH Council Conference 2011 saw many new FTTB strategies stemming from expanding service options to businesses to generate the revenues necessary to initiate new FTTH installations.
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