These days, university study no longer means poring over piles of books and spending hours in the library. As the world changes, so does the job market and the range of degree courses on offer. Learning has become more digital and more immersive which means that in order to stay on top of their studies, students need to have the best possible tools at their disposal. For many, this means one thing: more bandwidth.
Dependency on fast, reliable, pervasive and high-speed Wi-Fi will only increase as students need higher bandwidth. Forecasts indicate that 8K streaming will become mainstream by 2023 and with more and more applications moving to the cloud bandwidth requirements for students, particularly of creative and media courses, are set to increase significantly. Glide Gigabit is future-proof to the rise of Ultra High Definition (UHD), empowering students to explore new technology with high bandwidth learning and research without limitations.
We took a look at some of the most bandwidth intensive degree courses out there to see how demands have changed.
Cinema has seen a huge number of technological advances, which means film production students need to keep ahead of the pack. For many, online video editing platforms such as Blackbird or WeVideo are the future. Not only do they allow students to store large files securely, but they enable regular collaboration (especially useful if working on a group assignment) and speed everything up with no more waiting for files to download. Although most universities have specialist facilities, large bandwidth capabilities in student accommodation allows students the freedom to work in the comfort of their homes. Another benefit of cloud editing is that it eliminates the need to invest in powerful hardware - and we all know students like a bargain.
In a similar vein, a degree in Animation is also made much easier by access to higher bandwidth - not only for storage and the use of cloud-based editing platforms but also for the use of online animation software such as Animaker. Animated videos are growing in popularity and are being used in a whole host of different ways, which means that students need to think creatively to stay ahead. This means more collaboration - cloud storage and editing allows people from around the globe to come together to work on a piece of work. To do this, students will need to be able to load many files simultaneously and reliably - the last thing any conscientious student wants is to wait for a file to load when they’re on a deadline.
Video Game Design
Another creative degree that requires immediate and reliable access to large files for editing and production purposes is the popular BSc in video game design. Much like a degree in film production, a video game design student needs to access and store large files. However, they also need to be able to game regularly (in the name of research) which means they’ll need large bandwidths for live streaming. Google’s Stadia is growing in popularity - it’s capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, which obviously requires a high-speed internet connection, meaning that for many video game design students, super-fast, reliable internet is an essential requirement when choosing student accommodation. With the right bandwidth, students can collaborate with their peers from around the world, thus decentralising the concentration of skills in certain industries and growing a more global workforce.
Music production degrees combine elements from all of these. Students will learn how to create music for video games, animation and films amongst many, so not only do they need access to online composition and production software and large audio files, they also need to be able to simultaneously load files containing video games, animations or films - after all, any lag could mean their composed piece is out of sync. Music is a global business and higher bandwidths allow students to live stream concerts or production from anywhere in the world. One of the big developments in the industry is the advent of immersive live experiences (we can already watch concerts from anywhere in the world from the comfort of a cinema screen) - and tomorrow’s industry will need a workforce with the skills to broadcast amazing live 3D experiences.
Finally, it’s not just the technological creative arts that demand access to super-fast broadband. Students enrolled in BSc Robotics will have access to a huge range of exciting, cutting-edge technologies - and they’ll need an internet connection to match. Developments in this field are occurring at an exponential rate, which is why it’s so important that operators make sure they future-proof their offering with Glide Gigabit, the only gigabit service on offer to students.
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In summary, Glide’s innovative and cost-effective approach to delivering Wi-Fi across the UK using our own fibre network means more ownership and control and more freedom and ownership to deliver almost limitless speed like Glide Gigabit. New customers benefit from an established and robust infrastructure and with comprehensive UK coverage, the chances are that a new property is close to the Glide National Network, keeping connection costs down.
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