North America internet traffic doubles

2012-11-08 11:57
The amount of data sent online in North America has more than doubled over the past year. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

The amount of data sent online in North America has more than doubled over the past year. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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San Francisco - The amount of data sent online in North America has more than doubled over the past year, with Netflix shows accounting for a big chunk of Internet traffic, a report found on Wednesday.

Online data use in North America was up 120% this year, with video streaming service Netflix accounting for 33% of the traffic streamed on "fixed networks", according to Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Report.

Canada-based Sandvine specialises in mobile and fixed, or wired, broadband internet systems.

Audio and video streaming accounts for 65% of all downstream traffic from 21:00 to 00:00 daily and half of that is Netflix traffic on North American fixed networks, according to Sandvine chief executive Dave Caputo.

"Prioritising real-time applications like live audio and video is critical to maintaining a high quality of experience," Caputo said.

"There is no doubt that more communications service providers will be launching application-based pricing plans that provide cost certainty and a consistent quality of experience for high-demand applications."

Content from Google-owned online video venue YouTube accounted for a fifth of peak period data traffic on mobile internet networks in Europe, according to Sandvine.

Asia leads the world when it comes to consuming internet data on mobile devices, the report indicated.

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