wifi bandwidth

Campuses race to keep up with students’ bandwidth demands

Annual survey tracks institutions' campus wi-fi, bandwidth priorities

College students are eager for more bandwidth and connectivity on campus, according to an annual report measuring higher ed’s internet offerings.

One in three schools offer 7GB bandwidth or more, while 72 percent offer 1GB or more–an almost three-fold increase since 2012, the ACUHO-I 2018 State of ResNet Report reveals.

Sixty-four percent of campuses extend wireless coverage to 80 percent or more of the whole campus–a 7.6 percent increase from 2017. Wireless coverage of 81-100 percent in on-campus student areas continues to increase year over year, from 77 percent in 2017 to 80 percent this year.

Seventy-four percent of business officers say reliable wi-fi is essential to driving their institution’s mission.

Campuses must have ubiquitous and robust wi-fi coverage in order to attract and retain students who are used to on-demand and on-the-go internet access via mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

Laura Ascione

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