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CES 2016: Why the IoT needs fiber-optic broadband to succeed

Colin Neagle | Jan. 6, 2016
The Internet of Things could drive network capacity to the point that only fiber-optic broadband can provide capacity.

In fact, network capacity may be critical to the success of the smart home. Hollifield pointed out that if consumers find that their smart home products don't work because their network can't handle the traffic, they'll abandon the devices before trying to re-configure their own networks.

These predictions may seem speculative, but considering that Cisco predicts consumers will use four-times the amount of data than businesses by 2019 and Gartner says the typical family home could have as many as 500 networked devices by 2022, high-capacity networks are more important to consumers than ever before.


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