WATERLOO, ON, February 11, 2016 - Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today released a new Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight on the state of Internet traffic encryption in 2016.
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 this report, Sandvine uses data collected from networks in North America, Europe, and Latin America to explain the current state of traffic encryption, make predictions on where it is going, as well as provide a high level overview of the technical terms and technology associated with encrypted Internet traffic.
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
“The rapid rate at which encrypted traffic is growing is a reality that few network vendors seem willing to admit to themselves or their customers,” said Don Bowman, CTO, Sandvine. “Traditional traffic classification approaches will no longer be effective in providing network operators with the information they need to run their business with a broadly encrypted Internet. Newtork vendors will need to develop more advanced traffic classification techniques, which will require both innovative approaches and intensive computing power, in order to ensure that the business intelligence, traffic management, and subscriber service offerings operators rely on remain effective in the age of encryption.”
On Tuesday, February 16, Sandvine’s CTO Don Bowman will be hosting a webinar entitled “Preparing Your Network for the Encrypted Internet” where he will further expand upon the research covered in this Internet Phenomena Spotlight and discuss ways in which service providers can prepare for a fully encrypted Internet. Interested parties can register on Sandvine.com.
The Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight on encrypted Internet traffic, as well as a technology showcase examining Sandvine’s Internet traffic classification techniques can be downloaded from the “Encryption Trends” page on Sandvine.com.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks to enable services that can increase revenue and reduce network costs. Powered by Sandvine’s Policy Engine and SandScript policy language, Sandvine’s networking equipment performs end-to-end policy control functions including traffic classification, and policy decision and enforcement across the data, control and business planes. Sandvine’s products provide actionable business insight, the ability to deploy new subscriber services and tools to optimize traffic while enhancing subscriber Internet quality of experience.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 250 networks in over 90 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide, www.sandvine.com.
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