In recent years, a significant number of major Internet services and applications have begun to encrypt their traffic in order to ensure their user’s content remains private. In response to this, last year we published a Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight on encryption with the hopes of using real network data to shine a spotlight on just how much Internet traffic is encrypted.
After working with a number of our customers over the past year about the data, this morning we released a new version this report that is updated for 2016. Not only are our figures for North America updated, we have added figures from Europe and Latin America to better explain the current state of traffic encryption across the globe and enable us to make predictions on where it is going in the future
Some notable points from the research include:
- A forecast that 70% of global Internet traffic will be encrypted in 2016, with many networks exceeding 80%
- North American fixed networks have the lowest share of encrypted traffic, globally, thanks to the popularity of streaming video applications which are not fully encrypted
- Netflix, the leading source of North American traffic has begun to transition towards delivering encrypted video in select web browsers, although over 90% of their traffic remains unencrypted
- Over two-thirds of traffic on fixed access networks in Europe and Latin America is already encrypted thanks to popularity of sites like YouTube and Facebook
- Encryption on mobile networks globally lags slightly behind fixed networks, but averages around 60% of total traffic
- Instagram is the leading mobile application yet to fully encrypt their traffic, leaving most pictures and videos unencrypted
For those interested in learning more on this topic, Sandvine has a bunch of options available to you.
- Download this new report on encrypted Internet traffic, as well as a technology showcase examining Sandvine’s Internet traffic classification techniques from the “Encryption Trends” page on Sandvine.com.
- Attend our webinar entitled “Preparing Your Network for the Encrypted Internet” on Tuesday, February 16 where Sandvine’s CTO Don Bowman will further expand upon the research and discuss ways in which service providers can prepare for a fully encrypted Internet.
- Listen to our newest podcast to be posted in the coming days, where I talk to Don about the data and the path forward for encryption. You can subscribe in a number of ways:
If you have any questions about the report, feel free to send me an email - ddeeth at sandvine.com.