Can UK's Broadband Cope with PlayStation Now?
Posted by Nicola Hayden
With the recent announcement of the PlayStation Now cloud streaming service, the question that has been lingering in the air is whether our broadband connections can actually handle it. We've already been informed that a recommended speed of 5Mbps will be demanded in North America, but can the average consumer in the UK even fulfil that requirement?
Instead of sitting around speculating like a bunch of old ladies, the question was taken directly to UK regulator Ofcom. When asked, the involved party stated that in May 2013, the UK average peak-time download speed was 14.2Mbps. Stirring things up in the playground, however, was television streaming service Netflix, which claimed that the mean British broadband speed is in fact just 2.48Mbps. Ofcom staunchly disagreed: “Not everyone has the infrastructure, but clearly many people now do," a spokesperson said. "Over the last few years we’ve seen increased fibre deployments and people now routinely have 20Mbps, many can get 100Mbps."
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