Web TV demands high-power broadband

The increased demand for high-bandwidth services, such as internet TV, is likely to place such strain on the telecommunications infrastructure that new ways of increasing capacity need to be explored as a matter of priority, Ofcom has said.Services such as the video-sharing site YouTube and the BBC iPlayer, which allows users to download shows after they have been broadcast, take up vast amounts of bandwidth compared with text and image-based sites. Their popularity means that new ways must be found to cope with demand, the regulator said, such as piggy-backing new cables on the electricity grid.

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