Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 1:09am
[SOURCE: Telephony Online, AUTHOR: Ed Gubbins]
Todayâ€™s average residential broadband user consumes about 2 gigbytes of data per month, estimates BellSouthâ€™s Chief Architect Henry Kafka, which costs the service provider about $1. As downloading feature films becomes more popular, they might consume an average of 9 gigabytes per month, costing carriers $4.50. The average IPTV user will likely consume about 224 gigabytes per month, he added, at a monthly cost to carriers of $112, a giant leap from the less than $5 attributed to Internet use. If that content were high-definition video, the average user would be consuming more than 1 terabyte per month at a cost to carriers of $560 per month. â€œClearly thatâ€™s not what the average user is going to pay per month for their video service,â€ Kafka said. â€œThatâ€™s why we need help.â€ Among the potential solutions to this dilemma, he conjectured, are new approaches to content caching, new network management controls and new business models for Internet services themselves. But the most important to Kafka would be any solution that dramatically reduces carriersâ€™ cost per byte -- or what he called â€œmassive amounts of cheaper bandwidth.â€
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