As a general rule of thumb you need 1.5Mbps for good quality High Definition Video Conferencing. Wouldn’t it be great if we all had access to high speed broadband wherever we go? So, why does broadband seem lacking in many areas and it’s also not as cheap as we are led to believe.
Moore’s law predicted that the number of transistors on a microprocessor chip would double every 18 months thus doubling its power. This has held true for four decades. This continued technology advance has fuelled everything from PCs to Mobile phones and even domestic appliances. Similarly the widely availability of abundant bandwidth in the form of high speed broadband and other types of fast digital lines has accelerated internet usage over the last 30 years and more recently the cloud revolution that is certainly upon us.
Video Conferencing specifically has benefited from both of these technologies. Together with the advance of software programming and cleverer code, Video Conferencing has quickly become a “must-have” in business and an every-day “app” for the general public.
Sadly, however, our broadband always seems to be lacking wherever we go and is not as cheap as we are led to believe it is!!!!
20Mb Broadband at home is a maximum not a guarantee and is only one way – as a download. Up speed is significantly less and if you are using Video calling or conferencing you need high speed bandwidth in both directions.
Wireless appears to be everywhere, but often is inadequate for our needs. Free Wi Fi on trains, in coffee shops and low cost hotels appear attractive but quickly turn to frustration when the search engine icon spins for what seems to be hours just looking up the most simplest of queries. Hotels offering Wi Fi or internet that is paid for can often let you down too and is grossly expensive.
So Mr Prime Minister – listen to your voting public……..
WE NEED TRUE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS!
not just lower cost, which can be coupled to lower quality. The new HS2 rail link can only assist a few thousand people to move around quickly and at a significant cost of over £40Billion. Methinks investing in helping to provide fibre broadband internet access to all businesses and households would assist millions of users & generate significantly greater returns for all involved. At the very least we would see greater amount of internet shopping, faster, better and smoother communications, a greater use of video conferencing, TV and entertainment improved and it would blast the UK as a global leader in Cloud related services. The additional benefit would be a reduction of road usage and lower carbon emissions – everyone is a winner!