InfoComm is almost here. We’ll probably see even more 4K displays, more UHD features, and more drones. What we will NOT see more of is the one thing that everyone needs: bandwidth.
Sure, bandwidth numbers are increasing. 300 bit/s was the standard speed of an Internet connection in 1990. As of the year 2000, most people had a 560,000 bit/s connection (560 kbit/s), and the numbers are up to 100,000,000 (100 Mbit/s) or more now. Of course enterprise bandwidth is even greater, with speeds up to 10 Gbit/s. While these numbers would have been almost unthinkably large a decade ago, even the fastest connections are becoming bandwidth-challenged with the bump to 4K:
Even so, bandwidth is not unlimited, unless your budget is unlimited, too. Upgrading an installation to add more bandwidth is pricey. Depending on distribution method you’ll need to add cabling, switches, and more pieces of tech as your bandwidth needs grow. While it might seem like 10G is enough to handle any AV stream, history has repeatedly shown us that file sizes and data rates will always grow to challenge maximum bandwidth.
What does this boil down to? Every time you see stunning new content, think of the bandwidth challenges it introduces for your existing distribution system.
(You know our answer to that question: hardware-based compression. Let us know what you think!)