In addition to live television and commercials, industry-specific applications such as press conferences, financial updates, corporate communications, and news broadcasts are becoming more and more common on the web. These can be broadcast to very wide audiences, or "narrow-cast" to very focused groups with secured access.
An ever-expanding set of information and entertainment streams, such as Internet radio and live concerts, are becoming available over the Internet.
A major driver for broadband service demand is expected to be e-commerce. Electronic commerce describes the increasing convergence between the capabilities of computers and networks and the information, which must be exchanged in order to implement on-line transactions and to facilitate the exchange of goods and services between suppliers and consumers. This information is becoming more and more rich, increasingly requiring the support of broadband infrastructures. In addition, extranet applications and communities of interest are emerging as corporations use electronic transactions as a means of streamlining their own operations and simplifying relationships with suppliers and customers.
Tele-commuting enables work to be done remotely from the place where the work would normally have been done. As new management paradigms take hold in developed markets and developing economies see the need to integrate geographically dispersed elements into national economies, this phenomenon is becoming increasingly popular. While development depends upon both economic and cultural factors, the overall trend is one of rapid growth for this area.
Distance or remote learning
Large and small corporations are particularly embracing this technology as a cost-effective way to retain and evolve their human resources.
Distance learning, sometimes also referred to as remote learning, aims at providing 'the virtual classroom'. As the need for life-long learning becomes more and more evident, this application is being extended from the traditional student environment to a much broader population of corporate and residential users. The application extends the scope of educational institutions, making classes available regardless of the whereabouts of the instructor or students, and makes more courses economically feasible (more students per instructor for less popular subjects). Like many applications in the service sector, it enables scarce expertise and knowledge to be distributed across a broad area.