With the growing number of connected devices on college campuses, IT teams are challenged with ensuring there is sufficient bandwidth to meet students’ needs. Still, networks are strained.
Just how much has students’ use of devices risen?
A Harris Poll recently found that:
- 54% of students use a single mobile device during the average school days, while 37% use two or more
- 36% of students would like to use mobile devices more often than they do now
- While smartphone use is still outpacing the use of tablets, it’s catching up with laptops – 83% of college students regularly use a smartphone, while laptop use is at 89%
Another reason for the bandwidth strain is how campuses plan for and maintain their networks. ACUTA and partner associations recently released a State of Resnet Report, which found IT staff is now looking to increase bandwidth rather than shape or limit it. The report also stated:
- 61% of higher-education institutions now provide robust wireless coverage throughout 81-100% of their campuses
- However, wireless coverage is better in administrative and academic areas (73% covered) than residential areas (59% covered)
- One third of the higher-education institutions surveyed don’t have a plan in place to improve campus bandwidth
The solution to campus bandwidth issues is easy. By simply switching to fiber-based Optical LAN from copper-based LAN, campuses get bandwidth capable of speeds up to 101 Tbps and an improved Wi-Fi. This way they can easily keep pace with bandwidth needs of the future. In addition, Optical LAN is also a simpler solution that converges separate networks and services onto a single architecture and enables IT staff to manage this entire network from one central location.