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Need for Broadband Infrastructure in a 2020 Perspective

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The need for broadband capacity in the access networks by 2020 is discussed in this paper. A large range of countries around the world has decided to strengthen their resolve to have their broadband infrastructures built out and upgraded. The size of bandwidth requirements is, however, not an issue, which has been subject to much analysis from an academic angle whereas a number of consultancy reports with estimations on bandwidth needs for different services can be found. The needs for broadband access up until 2020 are discussed by scrutinizing the different services and applications requiring bandwidth. The bandwidth requirements in question are those of residential users and SMEs. In the paper it is assumed that users of broadband connections will use broadband for all their digital communications and further the paper focuses on the requirements for bandwidth notwithstanding the pricing of access. It is the estimated bandwidth need and not the actual demand, which is the subject of analysis. Scenarios including different types of households and different kinds of SMEs are presented.

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Skouby, K.E., Falch, M., Henten, A. et al. Need for Broadband Infrastructure in a 2020 Perspective. Wireless Pers Commun 76, 271–289 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11277-014-1688-0

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