2016 Global Internet Phenomena Report

Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East


What Are the Latest Internet Trends in Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East?

  • 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 almost a quarter 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

UPDATED : 2017-02-13 11:42:06