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Binge Viewing Requires More Bandwidth

With an ever-increasing number of consumers viewing TV over the Internet via a broadband or Wi-Fi connection, household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years—from a peak hour average usage per household of 2.9 Mb/s in 2014 to 7.3 Mb/s in 2018.

That’s the prediction of new research from ACG Research, sponsored by network specialist Ciena. The study, entitled “Forecast of Residential Fixed Broadband and Subscription Video Requirements,” also states that use of 4K streaming video services—which consume three to four times more bandwidth than HDTV—will grow from 2 percent in 2014 to 12 percent in 2018. The study predicts that 4K (UHDTV) is likely to become a mainstream offering within five years.

According to Ciena, service providers can address this demand by offloading streaming video traffic to a packet-optical network by leveraging newly released technologies such as the hybrid OTN/packet central switching capability on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform or the dense 10GE handling capabilities of Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform to reduce network complexity and total cost of ownership.