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US networks bear up well under usage shifts, umlaut finds

September 29, 2020

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U.S. wireline networks held up well overall under the network usage shifts associated with the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data from benchmarking and analysis company umlaut provided exclusively to RCR Wireless News. The one exception seems to be related to ultra-high-definition streaming, which requires relatively high bandwidth in the downlink.

Umlaut examined crowdsourced data related to whether wired networks were able to handle the applications commonly used for at-home work, both on a national basis as well as in the top five U.S. metropolitan areas: Standard definition video chat, high definition video chat and high-quality high definition (HQHD) video chat, plus YouTube UHD transmission.

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