Recent reports show that the reason Canada has been slow in cloud computing adoption might not be because business managers are reluctant, but rather because the country doesn’t have enough bandwidth. According to Forbes, the Canadian Cloud Council recently hosted an event that highlighted the bandwidth cap issue as slowing the country’s embrace of the cloud.
The Forbes article quoted a number of prominent cloud advocates who the council gathered to spread the message about the value of cloud-based applications and the need for Canada to adopt more progressive policies with respect to how its internet is deployed. Robert Hart, the founder of the council, was quoted as saying the group is advocating for an open cloud ecosystem that encourages start-up enterprises.
“Canada has the misfortunate of being the country with the lowest internet caps maybe in the world but certainly in the developed world and in all of the Netflix world,” Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix said, according to Forbes. “In Mexico, Internet is largely uncapped; in the U.S. it’s largely uncapped; in the U.K. it’s completely uncapped; in Canada there’s a number of providers with very low caps. […] I don’t quite understand it.”
Hitting a bandwidth cap isn’t just something that happens in Canada. According to a report conducted by Multichannel News, it was estimated last year that about 56 percent of United States broadband subscribers saw some sort of usage cap. A telecom company that imposes a bandwidth cap released numbers showing very few users approach the cap, but it is still a widely criticized situation.