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Waterloo, Canada; October 20, 2010 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC; AIM:SAND) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for cable, DSL, FTTx, fixed wireless and mobile operators, today announced that it has launched an Internet traffic trends report, entitled “Fall 2010 Global Internet Phenomena”, based on data from cable, DSL and mobile service provider networks, spanning four regions worldwide including, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.
This is the eighth report in an ongoing series of Internet phenomena & traffic analysis Sandvine has published since 2002. Sandvine’s global view, which includes over 200 service provider customers spanning more than 80 countries, makes the report the most comprehensive of its kind in the industry.
Sandvine’s major findings reveal the subtle yet substantial differences between behavior patterns of consumers in various regions when connecting to the Internet. By contrasting Internet usage with previous Sandvine reports, analysis shows that even within regions traffic trends have changed over the past six-to-twelve months.
“The Internet has a unique way of bridging international gaps and bringing people together,” said Dave Caputo, president and CEO, Sandvine. “Yet, interestingly, as we all plug into this international network to satisfy our social, professional and entertainment needs, our access patterns and online behaviors have become as unique as we are. The Internet is one single source that satisfies 500 million people, so it is no wonder that an average user does not exist.”
Regional Internet findings:
Another major driver affecting worldwide Internet behavior is the increased availability of 3G and 4G networks. Internet mobility has become as accessible as fixed line in many regions and subscribers are taking full advantage of the flexibility that converged networks offer.
“This is the first report where we compared the behaviors of fixed and mobile users,” said Mr. Caputo. “For a subscriber the Internet is the Internet, regardless of when, where or how they connect to the network and that is consistent in our findings. Usage plans and personalized services that appeal to the broadband-individual, rather than the broadband-household have become the Internet of today.”
This study was based on a representative cross-section of the world’s leading fixed and mobile data providers serving spanning four regions worldwide including: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. Data was gathered over a two-month period in August and September 2010 and captured the bits-per-second, per protocol and the number of active hosts per protocol on the network.
The data gathered in Sandvine’s global Internet traffic report is completely subscriber-anonymous. No identifiable information of any kind, including IP addresses were collected during this study. Sandvine’s network equipment analyzes data from an application utilization level and is not content aware.
With service provider customers in over 80 countries serving hundreds of millions of fixed and mobile subscribers, Sandvine is enhancing the Internet experience worldwide. For more information on Sandvine’s platform, products, partners and applications please visit www.sandvine.com.
Visit http://www.sandvine.com/news/global_broadband_trends.asp for the executive summary of the Fall 2010 Global Internet Phenomena report.
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Our award-winning network equipment and software helps DSL, FTTx, cable, fixed wireless and mobile operators better understand network traffic, manage network congestion, create new services and revenues, mitigate traffic that is malicious or undesirable to subscribers, deliver QoS-prioritized multimedia services and increase subscriber satisfaction. With service provider customers in more than 80 countries serving hundreds of millions of broadband and mobile data subscribers, Sandvine is enhancing the Internet experience worldwide.
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