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These are the 2017 devices and technologies ravenously consuming campus bandwidth

An annual survey reveals the biggest bandwidth hogs on campuses today, as well as new technologies to track.

Colleges and universities are doing a solid job deploying bandwidth on campus, but they also should turn their attention to Wi-Fi, according to an annual survey of campus residential networks.

Bandwidth on college campuses has almost tripled since 2012, with more than 71 percent of schools offering at least 1 GB and 1 in 4 offering 7GB or more, according to the ACUTA/ACUHO-I 2017 State of ResNet Report.

Fifty-five percent of campuses participating in the report offer campus-wide Wi-Fi coverage, and 77 percent offer Wi-Fi in on-campus student areas–a 6 percent drop from last year. Still, 87 percent offer robust Wi-Fi in academic areas, which is an increase from previous years.

Eighty-two percent of campuses with in-house ResNet currently use bandwidth-management practices to control the increasing demand.

Applications that eat up the most bandwidth and challenge campus connectivity include television and video apps such as Netflix (88 percent), rich content such as video (78 percent), music and audio apps such as internet radio and Pandora (61 percent), video games (52 percent), and cloud content such as Spotify and Apple iCloud (51 percent).

(Next page: How the Internet of Things is already impacting campuses in a huge way)

Laura Ascione