February 26, 2020 by Teresa McGaughey

Facebook over 56 Kbps or 100G… Which do you Prefer?


Do you realize it was just 20 years ago when the first 56 Kbps dial-up modem was released? That means 20 years ago we lived in a world where Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram didn’t exist, and DSL was just a glimmer in most subscribers’ eyes. 

Now in 2020, we are bombarded by social media and new applications are released all the time. For example, Google’s new cloud gaming application Stadia which requires 35 Mbps per stream of bandwidth. Just think what happens when several people in the same house are playing these games. According to Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth, subscriber usage is growing by 50 percent per year with the average broadband speeds in the U.S. projected to be 146 Mbps in 2023 (per Cisco VNI 2019)

What does this all mean for your network? For Acentek, a service provider that serves parts of Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa, it meant it was time to focus on a simplified operational model, where they would have common operational procedures across the entire access network. Acentek began with AXOS and the E7-2, but they didn’t stop there.  They quickly realized they needed more bandwidth to the access network. Acentek saw the benefits of adding the AXOS E9-2 with 100G uplinks and the ability to aggregate systems, while consolidating subscriber provisioning and functions. This allows Acentek to simplify their workflows and run their network from a single interface. 

Ready to join Acentek in the race to 100G and simplify your network? Listen to our latest Network Edge Innovation Tech Talk replay and learn more about the Intelligent Access EDGE Solution.