Broadband Applications

Applications For Broadband - I'm connected, now what?

Infrastructure and geography will be very different for every community. Different infrastructure technologies will work better in some areas than others. Regardless of what broadband technologies are available in your community or what infrastructure projects your community may decide to undertake, the applications made available by broadband service will benefit all citizens.

Common Broadband Uses

  • Send / receive large files including software updates
  • Participate in multiplayer network games
  • Work from home, a local coffee shop, or on the road
  • Share an internet connection
  • Research at lightning speeds
  • Make free phone calls to anywhere in the world (voice-over-IP)
  • Access video-on-demand
  • Use Interactive TV
  • Create and share content
  • Store backup files online
  • Job searches
  • Medical/telehealth services
  • Public safety applications
  • Telepresence and the use of other collaborative tools (webinars, etc.)
  • Social networking

Applications that Require Broadband

Many of today's applications require broadband to work properly. The table below shows the minimum and ideal speeds necessary for some of the more popular applications.

Range of Speed Requirements for Various Digital
Content Applications Application type Speed

Application Minimum Speed Ideal Speed
High-definition television 10 Mbps 18 Mbps
Online games 2 Mbps 14 Mbps
Video on demand 1.5 Mbps 12 Mbps
Internet protocol television (IPTV) 1.5 Mbps Mbps
Videoconferencing 1 Mbps 12 Mbps
Virtual worlds 1 Mbps 8 Mbps
Web browsing 64 kbps 4 Mbps
Audio streaming 128 kbps 1 Mbps
Voice calls 64 kbps 512 kbps

Source: OECD Information Technology Outlook 2008

Of the applications on this list only basic web browsing and voice calls are even possible using dial-up Internet.

Learn & Interact

Commercial Broadband Applications





Distance Learning

Public Safety

National Security

Applications For Persons With Disabilities

Utility Applications

Small Business Assistance

Information Gathering


E-Commerce & Entertainment