Apple’s massive bandwidth expansion could signal TV ambitions

“Apple is snapping up massive amounts of bandwidth – but what is it for?” Daisuke Wakabayashi asks to The Wall Street Journal.

“Apple is making waves in the world of content delivery networks – Internet infrastructure capable of delivering large amounts of data to customers,” Wakabayashi reports. “Apple is buying bandwidth in such bulk that some in the industry believe that the company is laying the groundwork for an upgraded video delivery service.”

“Regardless of its TV plans, the company’s needs for Internet infrastructure continue to grow,” Wakabayashi reports. “The expansion of its iCloud service and growing demand for content from its iTunes and Apps stores are also driving its needs for greater bandwidth.”

Read more in the full article here.

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      1. Get in line DC! 🙂 I noticed the other night they gave their DVR UI a recent overhaul. Better but what a sluggish nightmare of a system overall. Apple can do better with both hands tied behind their back. Hopefully relief is on the way.

        1. 😎

          With my cox account I am “buying” 16mb bandwidth of what they control. I could pay more to buy more of course.

          I just seems inefficient for Apple to buy it piecemeal when they have the money to buy one of the sellers. Cox is a 10 billion dollar a year company. Make them an offer they can’t refuse and see how much pressure that would put on others to open up content.

  1. 4K content coming soon, they’re gonna need all the pipes they can get! Anyone who’s a little dubious about 4K should know that youtube is already allowing uploading and streaming 4K.

  2. All the server space and bandwidth in the world isn’t going to help so long as local cable monopolies have a chokehold on the ‘last mile’ connecting the Internet backbone to endusers. I have a 3.5 MB connection if it isn’t raining, and I’m not alone.

    1. Again, backbone isn’t the bottleneck. Apple has plenty of servers and can buy all the backbone capacity it could ever use. How does it get the data to the users past the local cable and telephone monopolies?

      1. If you own a sixth (all figures approximate) of the nationwide bandwidth AND the Cox user base, you have significant bargaining power. 6 million current subscribers and the power to recruit an untold number of smaller companies to join the “borg” and put pressure on AT&T, Time Warner, Charter and others. And still Apple would have over 100 billion in the bank.

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