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03 August 2016
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Written by Gareth Jones
The 2016 Rio Olympics are here and this year could see businesses grappling with their broadband speeds as record numbers of employee’s watch their favourite events on streaming video services.
Here at Kit Out My Office, we’ve been looking into the impact that Worldwide sporting events such as the Olympics or the Football World Cup have on broadband usage and what this means for the workplace.
The FIFA World Cup 2014, also hosted in Brazil shattered previous internet traffic records according to Cisco’s Internet Traffic Predictions Report, with millions of people watching games and/or highlights via the internet. Figures suggest this generated a staggering 4.3 exabytes of IP traffic, the equivalent of three times the amount of monthly IP traffic generated by Brazil at the time.
To put this into terms we can understand, Cisco go on to breakdown future internet usage, predicting 132 exabytes of traffic per month by 2018. This is the equivalent of:
If the World Cup 2014 is anything to go by, we can expect even more internet usage during the 2016 Olympics as visitors turn to their phones to upload and view large images and video files.
Thankfully, Cisco have been chosen by NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group to provide IP video contribution and distribution solutions, along with networking and security solutions for its production of the Olympics 2016. This includes products and services to support 24/7 broadcasting from 26 venues to satisfy the thirst of Olympic fans.
Whilst we won’t have to worry about handling all of the IP traffic generated in Brazil like Cisco do, here are some of the top factors that could impact your internet connection speed back at the office during the Olympics:
This year’s four-hour time difference between Rio and the UK will make it difficult to watch some events on live TV. Because of this, the BBC iPlayer catch-up service will be a good option for most viewers.
It features a daily Rio 2016 'Olympic Playlist', with highlights of the best late-night action. Of course, any streaming video catch-up services like this require additional resources and bandwidth - the rate at which data can be transferred to your computer from a website or internet service within a specific time.
The increase in people at work turning to streaming video and catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer to watch their favourite events could spell disaster for your workplace or home office network.
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