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As the digital world continues to expand, so does the demand to connect, whether that’s to devices or each other. For cable providers, DOCSIS technology has become a solution that not only meets the demands of businesses today but is built for the requirements we know tomorrow will bring.
What is DOCSIS?
DOCSIS is the acronym for Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification. Businesses receive their broadband connection via cable modems. It’s a technology investment that takes connectivity well beyond what phone companies have been traditionally providing businesses. And while DOCSIS may seem like a foreign term in the business world, it’s important to understand the technology behind the broadband path you choose for your business. Different iterations and standards of DOCSIS have been configured as the technology evolves; DOCSIS 3.1 is the latest on the horizon, where the speed capability able to be achieved will be revolutionary to what businesses have been used to from cable providers.
DOCSIS Speed Table
For small to medium sized businesses, when looking at DOCSIS vs. DSL technology, there are important differences to point out. DSL transmits data but is based on technology developed for voice, while high-speed internet delivered by cable companies was specifically developed to transmit data. And the key areas where the differences are evident include the following: Speed. DOCSIS speeds have not only been able to deliver the 50 Mbps benchmark of DSL but have gone far beyond it. And with DOCSIS 3.1, Gigabit speeds will be the standard of capacity. Distance. By running a data connection over that which carries a voice call, does not fare as well. If businesses are located more than a few miles from the phone company’s central office, performance will start to degrade. So while the technology is good for calling a client – it may not work so well for sending them large files or sharing cloud-based data. Consistency. The truest indicator of this factor is when internet traffic is at its peak and the stress on the network is at its highest. The FCC frequently tests this by way of speeds advertised and speeds delivered. In a 2015 study, the FCC noted “some DSL broadband ISPs’ actual download speed falls substantially short of their advertised download speed; the gap between their consistent download speed and advertised download speed is even greater.” Availability. The distance limitations of DSL mean that for a large percentage of a phone company’s footprint, the service will not be available, especially so in rural areas. Since high-speed cable Internet doesn’t degrade over distance, and runs over the same infrastructure that brings cable TV to both densely and sparsely populated areas, it is available to a far wider customer base; especially through the investment Mediacom Business has made in its rural 22-state footprint.
How DOCSIS and Gigabit Work Together
Few internet providers outside of Mediacom Business can deliver the high-capacity speeds of Gigabit and beyond, simply put because this technology is not readily available in rural areas. The network infrastructure Mediacom Business has made in these areas was a proprietary investment having the foresight of where technology could take businesses. And now with DOCSIS, cable providers are on the cusp of offering these same speeds quickly and easily, with a nearly 100x increase in the average data rate. The current version of DOCSIS is 25% more efficient than earlier versions. This makes DOCSIS a good fit for businesses who need the ability to host clear video streaming, video conferencing, VoIP and other business applications without delays and drops.
For our customers in rural communities, not only does this technology provide businesses with access to high speed internet, but it also means that they are able to connect faster and easier, as DOCSIS 3.1 over HFC hopes to go upwards of 100 Gbps in the future. Plus it allows these businesses to compete on a national or global level because they have the broadband needed to create a competitive edge.
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Technology is disrupting the financial services industry. The increase in online banking, along with financial companies like PayPal, is completely changing the way people approach traditional banking. Technology is upending workflow and processes in the financial services industry. Tasks once handled with paper money, bulky computers, and human interaction are now being completed entirely on digital interfaces. Given how pervasive financial services are across the globe, the disruption opportunity for fintech startups is massive.
Almost every type of financial activity is being re-imagined. Meanwhile, many institutions are left trying to solve the puzzle presented by the fintech revolution: How can they benefit from the rise of digital, and how can they avoid obsolescence?
The Future of Fintech is Here
The concept of fintech has been around for a few years, but it was only in 2015 that it seemed to take off:
Financial institutions are acquiring a new breed of customers, in part to millennials, who are always connected and looking for more mobile experiences. In fact, 92% of millennials today make banking choices based upon what digital services are offered, instead of other perks and offerings. Many believe they will not need a physical bank in the future.
Many banks and financial businesses are stumped on how to approach this new and unfamiliar customer. In its research, Accenture discovered that legacy technology and trying to deploy new technology were just some of the challenges faced when trying to address customer needs. The chart below demonstrates strategies that financial institutions put in place for digital innovation, with 68% admitting they had fragmented strategies for encountering fintech. More importantly, they felt that the time it took to put these technologies in place was hindering their value, or didn’t provide value once implemented.
The foundation for most of these technologies is bandwidth and ensuring that financial offices are able to provide that, both online and in store. Below is an outline of the most used fintech services:
EY’s adoption survey concluded that 43.4% of customers adopt fintech solutions because it is simple and easy to set up, and that the new breed of customer will demand anytime, anyplace, and tailored experiences via mobile and internet access within the next ten years.
Gigabit+ Capacity Laying the Ground for Fintech Platforms
With these new technological innovations, financial institutions are going to need a considerable amount of bandwidth and speed to even operate on these platforms. And in order to give their customers and partners the confidence that they can play in this space, it is critical that the connection is secure and private. This is one of the reasons many financial institutions have moved to Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions – having a strong fiber backbone allows them to complete day to day operations and pass information via cloud based data portals as well as provide customers with the applications to interface with their institutions without lag time and long waits.
Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business provides the new future of high speed, with 1 to 10 gigabit per second transfer rates that are able to handle everything your business could throw at it. Gigabit speeds can meet the demands of these new digital first customers as they go from desktop to smartphone to connected kiosk within your financial institution. This ensures both customers and employees are able to access and retrieve information without interruptions; regardless of what’s going on.
Contact us to learn more about Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions and how it can transform your “fintech” business.
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As technology continues to expand and grow, the lines of traditional learning evolve into the digital transformation. New methods for educators to collaborate and communicate, while students discover new ways in which to learn are being created and recreated over time. Online courses, also known as eLearning or virtual classrooms have changed the way students learn. Students of all ages and backgrounds are able to learn and interact with professors and fellow students outside their own campus.
Whether teachers are trying to access online curriculum, streaming education live cameras from YouTube or students are simply using the internet…all can put a strain on the school network. The evolution in learning and teaching, coupled with the rise of mobile devices, leaves many education facilities across the country scrambling for ways to not only embrace new technologies, but support them, and stay ahead of the curve. Online testing requirements must sustain every student online at the same time. That is a heavy amount of broadband weight given the school’s normal day–to-day operations.
Broadband use doesn’t stop with students, but is an imperative tool for administration too. Centralization and privacy of student records is critical, along with the ability to access that data from any area in the school district at any given time. Furthermore, in today’s world, many schools are advancing into security cameras where footage can be accessed via tablets at a moment's notice – so a school is always aware of where a student is.
The new way to learn
In recent years, "digital" has been the growing trend in the education sector, however education providers often are not sure how it works or how to get started. OnlineCollege.org produced an infographic which details some of the benefits through technology, highlighting some key statistics below:
As you can see from the above, $7 billion dollars was being spent on textbooks that were 7 to 10 years old. Technology was shown to improve school budgets between $250 to $1,000 per student, per year. A PBS LearningMedia survey stated that 74% of teachers said using classroom technology helps to motivate students to learn. Technology is a part of our lives – a 2014 Pew Research study found the following:
Various sources have also cited that children will often use or own their own mobile device.
What these figures indicate is that technology has become a boon when it comes to communication, collaboration, and even education.
Fast forward to 2016 and the newest report from the Babson Survey Research Group, its 13th year surveying the rising growth of online education in the US, found that the number of students that were taking online courses grew to 5.8 million, a trend that has been consistent for the last 13 years; 28% of college students are enrolled in at least one online course for their semester.
What schools need to consider
Due to the influx of percentages, education facilities have started to implement plans to include or increase their use of technology, however they may not be considering the bandwidth required for educators and students. In a 2012 interview, CEO and founder of the San Francisco nonprofit Education Superhighway, Evan Marwell, stated that while 97% of schools did indeed have broadband access, they were using the same speed of a typical household. The problem with this scenario is that a typical residence supports up to 4 people on a network, while a campus needs to support 400 or more students, teachers, and faculty.
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, established guidelines in 2014 on what a typical campus network should encompass: a connection speed of at least 100 Mbps per 1,000 students was considered a short term solution, while 1 Gigabit per second was the minimum for a long term solution. This means that campuses, both in large cities and rural areas, need to be looking at the future of the internet in order to keep the pace with the growing penetration of mobile devices and learning techniques.
This is where Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business changes the education landscape. This evolution of high-speed internet has the capability to connect all locations in a campus, accessing the same data in real time. And with this level of capacity, schools can utilize all the advanced education platforms described above, while not maxing out the campus’ connection and doing so with superior speed. Broadband gives teachers the space to evolve their classrooms and reach new levels of education that were never possible prior.
Brewton City Schools in rural Alabama is just one of our customers within the education sector that we provide data fiber solutions to, enabling their rural campuses to connect well outside the city lines and offer their students another level of education. Brewton City Schools was not only able to achieve an internet solution on par with a larger suburban campus, and ensure their students have the advantage of technology to facilitate learning but saved money while doing so.
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Two digital transformation developments within the healthcare industry are the convergence of telemedicine and telehealth. While the two are often grouped together under the same umbrella, they are actually two different ideas based on the same concept. Telehealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.
The focus on creating digital transparency within healthcare has been in the works for years, with the United States creating a conversion bill in 2009 to help healthcare move to electronic medical and health records. The infographic below, done by the global field organization experts at Pristine, showcases the growth of telemedicine, with the section below showing the quality outcomes:
The full infographic represents the use of technology to provide services to patients in other locations, like video consultations, remote blood pressure monitoring, ECG, staff and doctor training and medical education, administration meetings, and more. As seen in the infographic, 91% of health outcomes were good or even better using telehealth, while 64% of Americans would be willing to visit with their doctor via video. Related technologies also include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
Other points of telehealth growth include:
78.4% of healthcare offices were using EMR/EHR systems in 2013
89% of healthcare executives expect telemedicine to transform the US healthcare system within a decade
The global market for telemedicine is expected to grow from $11.6 billion (in 2011) to $27.3 billion (in 2016)
Why healthcare facilities need more bandwidth
Healthcare facilities and hospitals are increasingly looking to adopt these new technologies available to them. This requires IT administrators to both examine and take their current network into consideration. Electronic medical records, especially those used alongside ePrescriptions and online medical registries, rely heavily on a fast, reliable and secure broadband connection. Depending on the number of staff, hospitals could need up to 100 Mbps just to support their EMR/HER equipment. This does not take into account other equipment, such as X-ray machines, MRIs, and ultrasounds, all relying upon high quality digital video.
An additional factor that comes into play is mobile connectivity. From smartphones to laptops to tablets, the rise in mobility and mobile devices has increased the ability for doctors and patients to communicate, participate, and diagnose at the drop of a dime. Healthcare facilities today must ensure that their bandwidth is capable of handling all of these elements on a daily, if not hourly basis.
Solutions like Mediacom Business' Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions have the ability to handle any and everything thrown at it, from large files, record transference, videos, and more, all at increased speeds. The advancements in healthcare technology are fascinating but without a robust high-capacity broadband connection, they are useless. Gigabit+ internet delivers speeds between 1 billion and 10 billion bits of data, covering both downstream and upstream, and using light wave technology through fiber optic cabling. Other added benefits include reliable and secure dedicated private networks, which helps to ensure information is kept private and in the hands of those who need it, especially needed in the healthcare industry
An example of a healthcare facility using our bandwidth services is Southern Illinois Healthcare. SIH is a major healthcare provider in the city of Carbondale and surrounding rural areas. Healthcare providers in rural areas, like SIH, benefit the most from our flexible and robust bandwidth services. Our service supports their use of telemedicine and enables their medical staff to connect with patients, who might not be able to make the 4 to 5-hour drive to the closest major city outside of Carbondale, IL. SIH is one of the thousands of customers that Mediacom Business serves, ensuring they can utilize the latest technologies to match their large city counterparts via our powerful fiber network to better serve patients.
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The rise in video popularity isn’t just regulated to mobile channels or devices. Video use within businesses is expected to continue to increase moving into 2019, as the percentages below translate:
The anticipated percentages highlight the ongoing and growing importance of video in the marketplace. Web conferencing, virtual/online curriculum in schools and tele-health services are all built upon video served via broadband. This technology has changed the way we effectively communicate with those around us, especially ones that are remote. Businesses of every sector at one point rely on video in order to collaborate with a perspective client, partner, customer, or colleague.
Video, Video, Everywhere
Video isn’t just useful for conducting meetings with internal and remote employees, 66% of higher education institutions also use video for remote students. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are taking the first steps into telemedicine, where physicians and patients are able to connect visually through video for consultations and even diagnosing symptoms; they are also using video to help educate others in their field.
Video allows the user to convey more emotion than an email, text message, or even a phone call, however assuming the current bandwidth solution is capable of supporting quality video will be a business’ first priority.
Video Needs Bandwidth
With all of the growing use cases for video, broadband networks need to be able to handle the amount of video that’s being utilized – and for these cutting-edge applications, the need is heavy. Businesses, especially ones outside the entertainment or consumer based industries, may have a tendency to underestimate the value or real use for video within their organization, and therefore not plan well enough for bandwidth to support this platform and other emerging technologies. Web conferences and video lectures, for example, at standard definition of viewing would need about 36 Gbps a month, while high definition grows to a usage of 156 Gbps a month on a network.
When you factor in multiple employees accessing and watching these lectures, either for training or education, spikes in bandwidth usage will occur. This coupled with day-to-day activities, such as email, web browsing, VoIP, cloud services and the like – can cause the experience of the dreaded bottle necked, slow network, halting productivity and effectively business itself. But this is not to be confused with the quality of your broadband provider; you simply may not have enough bandwidth to support the functions you are using, therefore causing the lag. The chart below shows the broadband levels needed to support video conferencing or screen sharing which is becoming the preferred method of taking “meetings” with business clients/prospects.
Time is a precious commodity in business. A downloaded replay would take only seconds to retrieve using Gigabit level fiber internet speeds versus the several minutes to hours it would take to access data with antiquated technology. When that's the case, wait time mounts when multiple employees are trying to access video material on a server at the same time and task completion is delayed.
Why Businesses Should Consider Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions
Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions offer businesses the opportunity to venture into new technologies – often ones that are critical to success. Using advanced platforms and applications can take your organization to that next level of innovation. But businesses need broadband capacity in order to do so and the fiber “pipe” delivers that space to utilize many different forms of data retrieval without maxing out the connection. It affords users to be online at the same time, accessing the same data. Gone is the worry of how many people are utilizing video on a daily basis. Streaming, downloads, and uploads won’t impede with cloud backups, regardless of the time of day or how many employees are in the office.
Take for example a school district in the Midwest who is a Mediacom Business customer. One of the district’s elementary school sites loved watching the daily process of a very popular live eagle cam. With all the classrooms wanting to play the content online at YouTube at the same time, the overload of usage completely disabled the data network. Not only did it block each classroom from viewing the eagle cam, but it prohibited other users from downloading online curriculum. The school's IT Director realized the need for more bandwidth to be split between these levels of usage, realizing even YouTube had its place as an important piece of the student’s learning process.
To find out how Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business can deliver the scalable broadband capacity your business needs to support video platforms, click here for a free consultation.