It is no surprise that with the increased popularity of mobile devices, online resources for students (learning management systems), media streaming devices, social media sites and more, students are consuming bandwidth at an ever-increasing rate.
Universities are trying to keep up.
Here is an interesting infographic from our friends at www.onlinecolleges.net
Have a look at who’s hogging the bandwidth and why. Here are a few highlights -
- 68% of institutions allow students unlimited internet connectivity.
- 77% of institutions report increased bandwidth usage as a significant issue for their network.
- 41% of students have 3 or more devices connected to the internet at any given time.
- The three largest bandwidth consumers are tablets, smartphones, and digital media devices.
- 50% of IT departments claim they do not recover costs of bandwidth supplied to students.
Bandwidth will continue to be an issue as we all will inevitably continue to use online resources with better and better mobile and streaming connections.
One way to combat the internal costs of user bandwidth for universities (and businesses) is to move to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering for user resources, like the learning management system (LMS) that does not charge per user or per usage fees.
One such solution is the award-winning social LMS TOPYX. TOPYX is offered at a low, flat subscription for unlimited users and unlimited usage for no additional fees. You can get a free, personal LMS demo and see how it can help you save while enhancing your learning program.
Relying on outside services to relieve the broadband burden is a good idea. It sure beats the alternative of limiting internet access to students. Nobody wants that.
Vice President, Business Development