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March 12, 2014

ResNet Provider Apogee Reports Mobile Devices Connected on College Campuses Triple

Apogee, the largest provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) for colleges and universities, has reported that the usage of Wi-Fi connected devices on campuses has been growing. Their report is based upon a comparison of their network demands between 2012 and 2013. According to the report, the number of devices connected to their networks has almost tripled since last year, and this number is continuing to grow.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that these numbers are growing. The younger generations often found on campuses have grown up immersed in the digital world. According to an article on EDTech, those within this age group own the most electronic devices. It is essentially an expectation that students on college campuses own their own laptops, and as more mobile devices, such as smartphones, become available, the amount being connected to college networks is undoubtedly going to grow. However, the numbers, almost tripling, are still quite impressive, showing that more students are likely getting their hands on smartphones, E-readers, and other mobile devices.

The report also provided interesting details on just how their networks are being used. Smartphones are definitely becoming common for college students, with smartphones making up 50 percent of the network usage. According to Apogee, there has been a 445 percent increase in iPhone usage, while Android usage grew 272 percent, showing that iPhones are the popular choice for college students.

Entertainment devices, such as the Nintendo 3DS and Smart TVs have also been getting a lot of usage. The report stated that Smart TVs saw a 1000 percent increase. While still impressive, it is likely that the Smart TV increase can be explained by the fact that they were not commonly used until recently. Tablets have also been seeing increases in usage, especially the iPad with its 275 percent increase. Android tablets have received a 159 percent increase in usage.

With the increasing usage of mobile devices, colleges and universities will find that their network needs will be increasing, but Apogee CEO, Chuck Brady, believes that alongside Apogee these schools will be able to handle the pressure. Regarding this, Brady said, “Educational institutions that anticipate, and plan ahead while leveraging partners and resources are in a good position to meet growing challenges in performance, security and budget." Apogee seems to be in the position, looking at its past performance and relationship with so many educational institutions, to help these institutions handle these increases in network usage.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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