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Applications & Media Data Bandwidth (2006)

The chart below represents the state of applications and media data bandwidth usage as of 2006. The information was obtained by a story in Telephony magazine, entered into an Excel spreadsheet, and plotted as shown. Downstream values are speeds from the server to the local user computer, and upstream is from the local user to the server.

Note that blue bars to the left of the divider are for downstream data, and red bars to the right of the divider are for upstream data.

Applications & Media Data Bandwidth Chart (2006) - RF Cafe

Megabits per Second

Note: Values are approximate and represent circa 2006 information.

Application Downstream
(Mbps)
Upstream
(Mbps)
Web surfing 0.5 2
Videoconferencing 2 3
Premises surveillance 2 3
Standard definition TV 3 3
Telecommuting 3 3
File sharing, Home video 5 5
Real-time SDTV 5 5
Network personal video recorder 5 5
Multiplayer gaming 5 5
Interactive distance learning 5 5
Premises Web hosting 5 9
Large file sharing 10 12
Video uploads / downloads 13 14
HDTV 15 2
Network-hosted applications & storage 40 10
Next-Gen 3-D TV 80 2
VSDL2 70 9
ADSL2+ 25 3
Cable modem 10 2.5
ADSL2+ 8 2
WiMAX 4 2
Dial-up 0.1 0.1