Consumers are looking for personalised entertainment available anytime, anywhere, on any device. Increasing consumption of over-the-top (OTT), on-demand, HD video services such as Netflix, Hulu and others, widespread usage of cloud services and a sheer number of portable devices accessing the network at the same time, creates a vast surge in data demand. The overall video traffic is expected to reach 90% of the consumer Internet traffic by 2017, with level of mobile video traffic already above 50%. Multi-screen enablement (i.e. being able to watch Netflix on a tablet) together with emergence of digital contents such as 4K videos further increases the needs for higher broadband bandwidth and raises awareness of network traffic and connection quality.

To keep up with increasing bandwidth demands, telecom operators are expanding the current networks focusing on delivery of higher speeds. Some key broadband technologies needed for future connected home solutions include 5G level 802.11ac and high-speed vectored VDSL. Operators continue to upgrade to VDSL2, implementing both bonding and vectoring capabilities. VDSL offers much faster speeds compared to ADSL, providing full support for HDTV. In 2013, its port shipments outpaced those of ADSL, accounting for 52% of all the shipments.

802.11ac, the new standard from IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) approved just over a month ago, builds upon 802.11n bringing a dramatic leap in speed, capacity, reliability and overall quality of wireless communications. Quoting the latest study from ABI Research, 802.11ac is expected to represent 45% of all consumer Wi-Fi equipment shipments by the end of this year.

Tuxera storage solutions optimised for the Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection help take an advantage of expanded bandwidth and capacity by increasing substantially the observed speed and maximising the hardware and software use. For more detailed information please consult our storage products page or contact our sales team directly.