With more and more students preferring Internet streaming to traditional television, college campus Internet use has greatly expanded from information resource to entertainment center. So it’s no surprise that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga racked up more than two Petabytes (that’s 2 million Gigabytes) of data downloads in the last two years alone. And, with UTC’s 11,500 students and 1,200 faculty running an average of 4.5 wireless devices each, the need for scalable bandwidth is greater than ever.
EPB installed a 2 Gigabit Internet connection to be used primarily for UTC’s cloud based learning management system and student information database, although students saw the speed as their ticket to entertainment as well. So, in order to better handle the massive amounts of video streaming expected in the future – EPB increased UTC’s bandwidth to 4 Gigabytes in preparation for the Fall 2015 semester. As demand grows the ability to scale bandwidth to meet growing needs is fast, efficient and most importantly – possible.
“No other university that I know of has access to the level of bandwidth UTC does,” said Thomas Hoover, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at UTC. “Plus, we’re lucky that EPB is local and responds immediately – especially when we need more bandwidth. My goal in fact is to become EPB’s first commercial 10 Gigabit customer.”
No other university that I know of has access the level of bandwidth UTC does.Thomas Hoover, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga