Streaming videos, gaming and running a business in Andoversford
Orhan and his family were counting the days until they could order fibre broadband and were one of the first in Andoversford to get connected. They’re over the moon with their new service which enables them to simultaneously stream videos, play on-line games and listen to music while Orhan, aside from his day job, runs his own business with an international team.
This all requires huge amounts of bandwidth and fibre has been a revelation to the digital life of the family of five. Orhan says “High speed broadband has been fantastic from a family entertainment perspective. We already had a relatively fast broadband service with download speeds of 7Mbps but downloading games used to take around 12 hours. Now we have download speeds of about 80Mbps and it only takes around 20 minutes to download games. Also, updates to games generally takes less than 10 minutes rather than 4 hours which means play isn’t interrupted like before.”
The Ertughrul family love outdoor activity but when relaxing at home Orhan and his wife like to catch up on the latest TV series. Since getting connected they’re able to watch their chosen film or series on demand while their children, aged 12, 9 and 7 years, can chose different kids films or play on the Nintendo WII all at the same time. Orhan comments “It simply wasn’t possible to stream video or have multiple on-line activity before. Now the only thing stopping the kids from being on-line all day is their parents!”
But it isn’t all play in the Ertughrul household….or is it? Outside of Orhan’s day job he runs a games company, Happy Otter Games, which is developing a new board game called ‘Creature College". Orhan is working with an international team - an artist in New York, designer in Argentina, animation studio in Montreal and a printer in China. He says “It’s just possible we could be more distributed but not without surgery. You need lots of artwork and media files when designing a board game. The 3D modelling from the studio in Montreal creates files up to 300Gbps. Image files are up to 20Mbps each so a package of these can get quite sizeable. This is a huge amount of data to download off a non-fibre broadband connection. “
“Before fibre, working with the team around the world was massively difficult. Now it’s very easy. I can do an hours work before I go to work! This is because I can download files fast enough to be able to do useful work in the morning. It makes a massive difference to my productively over the course of the week and I can work with people on different time zones. “
Orhan concludes “From a business perspective fibre has been hugely important to me. And for the UK, fibre is enabling a new way of working, creating a mind-set of global collaboration where ordinary people are becoming entrepreneurs. This is leading a generation of new profitability in society."
Orhan’s ‘Creature College’ game is due for launch in November 2015. If you want to track its progress check out www.happyottergames.com.