The proliferation of connected devices (Gartner predicts that 20 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020) is coming with a generation of people who will leverage the internet in novel ways. Already, online courses and web-based resources are an everyday option on campuses all over the country thanks to students’ diverse web needs.

To handle this new digital paradigm, universities are coming up with new ways to leverage students’ expanding use of technology and adapt their networks to meet new demands. Current teaching styles and innovative campus technologies supporting these Gen Z web needs are leading to a shift in how higher education plans and deploys its IT infrastructure.

Universities that are meeting students’ needs:

1. Understand that Demand is Unquenchable; At least 1 GB per Student!

As more devices get added to the network and user behaviors change, an unquenchable demand for bandwidth is hitting universities. This goes double for campuses where thousands of students both live and learn.

According to a 2016 report from the Association for College and University Technology Advancement (ACUTA), over 68 percent of universities allocate at least 1GB of bandwidth to each student on residential on-campus networks. To put that in perspective, it takes 5MB of bandwidth to stream an HD movie from Netflix and just 30MB of data for a 15 minute Skype call.

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