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Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report 1H 2012

Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report 1H 2012

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Global Internet Phenomena Report
1H 2012
Executive Summary
The Global Internet Phenomena Report: 1H 2012 shines a light on xed and mobile data networks around the world,identifying facts, fads, and the future trends that will shape the Internet’s future. Within this report, we present amix of high-level observations, regional-focused analysis, deep-dives into specic subjects, and educational tidbits.Communications service providers (CSPs) in particular are in the position to act on this information, but we believethat the ndings will be of interest to a wide range of readers.At the highest level, we observed that Real-Time Entertainment (comprised mostly of streaming video and audio) isthe largest trafc category on every network we examined. Furthermore, with the sole exception of North America’sxed access networks (where Netix is dominant), YouTube is the largest single source of Real-Time Entertainmenttrafc. With appeal that crosses regions, access technologies and devices,
YouTube has emerged to account for more
Internet trafc than any other service
.We also observed that rich communication services like WhatsApp, that replace traditional source of operator revenue,continue to enjoy widespread adoption – we counted an average of 7.6 million WhatsApp messages per day on a mobileoperator with 1 million subscribers.North America’s mobile networks have the highest proportion of Real-Time Entertainment trafc –
in fact, the majorityof mobile data in North America is streaming audio and video
. YouTube leads the way, accounting for 23.4% of dailytrafc, but
Pandora Radio has emerged to make up 6.4%
. Based on our past observations, we predict that Real-TimeEntertainment trafc will exceed 60% of mobile data in the United States by late 2014.Netix is supported on a range of mobile devices, and we are starting to see Netix become more prominent on mobilenetworks. In North America,
Netix now represents 2.1% of mobile data
, good enough to make it the 8th largestsource of trafc. In the report, we explore Netix’s international expansion, and discuss some of the challenges facingthe service at it seeks to become a global presence.
Figure 1 - Global Shares of YouTube and Real-Time Entertainment Trafc
Mobile device usage isn’t limited to mobile access networks, and “home roaming”(the use of mobile devices on the home wi network) comprises a growing portionof xed access trafc. For instance,
we observed that 9% of North America’s xedaccess trafc is driven by mobile devices
, primarily due to high levels of Netix andYouTube use.Home roaming, which leads to more devices concurrently using the network, isone reason why
median monthly usage in North America jumped 47% year-over-year
and mean monthly usage grew by 40% in the same period. Of course, growingsubscriber appetites are a global phenomenon – in Asia-Pacic, mean usage increasedby 11% in six months. The report includes analysis of xed access networks in fourregions, so readers will be able to see how trafc is evolving around the globe.Sometimes, documents like this one take for granted that readers will share commonperspectives, linguistic denitions, and levels of technical understanding, butexperience suggests that this assumption is erroneous. To help address this situation,our “Networks 101” featurettes seek to objectively educate, so that you:Know what terms like “peak period” and “prime time” deneUnderstand what network congestion is, and how it can be fairly managedLearn why display quality and transport quality are both necessary components ofa meaningful video quality of experience (QoE) scoreFind out why measuring quality via packet drops belongs in the 1980’sIn a similar vein, the report includes focused featurettes that examine a particularemerging trend or observation. Interspersed among regional summaries, readers willnd sections that:Examine the fallout of the MegaUpload shutdownSet the stage for World IPv6 LaunchDiagnose Netix’s international growing painsTake an early look at the click-to-cloud trendBegin to quantify the home roaming phenomenonAsk, “what’s up with WhatsApp?”Investigate the concept of carrier-branded content delivery networks (CDNs)This Global Internet Phenomena Report includes summaries of ndings from sevenregional spotlights, all of which are available on www.sandvine.com:
Further Reading
For more information about mobile facts, fads and future trends, be sure tocheck out our Mobile Matters infographic, available on www.sandvine.com

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