In a few weeks’ times, Sandvine will be exhibiting at AfricaCom, so to help celebrate we decided to release a new Global Internet Phenomena report highlighting the region, as well as taking a peek at the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report: Africa, Asia-Pacific & the Middle East contain findings from both fixed and mobile networks, the highlights of which include:
- Video on mobile networks in Africa has doubled in the last year increasing from 8.6% to 18.1%
- YouTube continues to be top the mobile application in both Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, with Sandvine predicting the rapid growth of video in Africa will make it the top application in Africa within the next 18 months
- Filesharing still accounts for almost 30% of total traffic on fixed networks in Asia- Pacific, although it did experience a small decline over the figures observed last year. Last year, Sandvine predicted that Filesharing traffic share had peaked in the region
- Facebook properties (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) continue to account for over 20% of all traffic on mobile networks in the Middle East
- WAP Browsing, typically associated with feature phone use, has seen its traffic share cut in half in Africa over the past two years. This is indicative of increasing smartphone adoption in the region
A quick note for loyal readers: For the past two years, Sandvine has been structuring out Global Internet Phenomena Reports to provide more granular detail on Internet usage around the world. Sandvine will issue three publications of the main report, each focusing on distinct regions, while also publishing spotlights that highlight emerging trends. The third main report of the year which will examine Europe and provide updated North American figures will be released later this fall.
I hope to bring some more insight from our latest report in coming weeks, but in the mean time I suggest you just download a copy of the Global Internet Phenomena Report: Asia-Pacific & Europe for yourself.