Netflix Drives Network Traffic in UK and Ireland

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  • Sandvine
WATERLOO, ON – Sandvine, a provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, released its latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report, entitled “Global Internet Phenomena Report 1H2014.” The report is based on data from a selection of Sandvine’s 250-plus communications service provider (CSP) customers spanning North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Caribbean and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

“Just over two years after its launch, Netflix has become the second largest driver of traffic on fixed access networks in the UK and Ireland,” said Dave Caputo, president and CEO, Sandvine. “This rapid ascent underscores how important it is that operators have business intelligence solutions in place to accurately measure and monitor the impact that over-the-top services have on their networks.”

Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report 1H2014 contains findings from fixed and mobile networks around the world, including:

On Demand Video

  • North American subscribers who exhibit “cord cutting” behavior (top 15th percentile of video users) are dominating network usage:

    • Consuming on average 212 gigabits a month, more than seven times the 29 gigabits of a typical subscriber

    • Viewing the equivalent of 100 hours of video each month

    • Accounting for the majority (54 percent) of total monthly network traffic

  • In United Kingdom and Ireland, Netflix is now the second largest source of traffic during the peak evening hours, accounting for over 17.8 percent of downstream fixed access traffic

  • The availability of high bitrate Super HD content to all Netflix subscribers in North America increased Netflix’s peak downstream traffic share from 31.6 percent to 34.2 percent. Amazon Instant Video continues to gain share, but still only accounts for 1.9 percent of downstream traffic


  • Snapchat generates more traffic than any other third-party messaging app on North American mobile networks, and on one network accounted for an astonishing 12 percent of total traffic on New Year’s Eve

  • On an African mobile network where the majority of subscribers have talk and text plans, WhatsApp accounts for over 23 percent of traffic due to the introduction of a low-cost, unlimited access plan for the service that is designed to drive data adoption

  • On several LTE networks in Asia, third-party messaging apps such as Line or WeChat are used by over 40 percent of mobile subscribers each hour

Live Streaming

  • Twitch.TV, a live streaming service where video gamers watch each other play, has established itself among the top-15 applications on many fixed networks across the globe, and now generates more traffic than HBO GO on US networks

  • During the World Cup, live streaming of matches is predicted to account for over 40 percent of network traffic on some Latin American mobile networks

“While the app of choice varies drastically between continents and countries, this latest report makes it clear that mobile messaging matters,” said Caputo. “To remain competitive in the marketplace, mobile operators must be able to create and implement innovative service plans rapidly in order to meet the ever-changing demands of subscribers and combat declining SMS revenues.”


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