Global Internet Phenomena Report

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The Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report shines a light on fixed and mobile networks around the world, providing unparalleled insight into Internet trends and subscriber behavior patterns unravelling on networks globally.

As a recognized expert in consumer traffic, Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report has been a trusted source for Internet traffic trends for over 10 years. By identifying network facts, fads, and future trends, the Global Internet Phenomena Report helps industry experts and service providers around the world forecast the evolution of network traffic and the future of the Internet as we know it.

Global Internet Phenomena Report

New! Released October 2016

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


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Global Internet Phenomena Report

Released June 2016

What Are the Latest Internet Trends in North America and Latin America?

  • Netflix represented 35.2% of traffic on North American fixed networks. While this was a modest decline from the 37.1% of traffic it represented six months ago, this change is likely the result of improvements by Netflix to better compress their video library. Even with these improvements in streaming efficiency, Netflix’s traffic share on fixed networks in Latin America increased from 6.6% to 8.3%.
  • Amazon Video is now the third ranked downstream application (up from eighth a year ago) in North America, accounting for 4.3% of fixed traffic. Sling TV now appears among the top 20 applications on most US networks, but still accounts for less than 1% of traffic.
  • Streaming audio and video now accounts for 71% of evening traffic in North American fixed access networks. Sandvine expects this figure will reach 80% by 2020.
  • Cloud Storage (Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, etc.) has surpassed Filesharing as the largest source of upstream traffic during peak period on North American fixed access networks. BitTorrent now accounts for less than 5% of total daily traffic in the region.
  • The addition of video and voice calling is driving growth in Communications apps on mobile networks in both Latin America and North America. In Latin America, WhatsApp traffic share is now 7.4%, more than triple what it was two years ago.
  • In Latin America, Facebook and Google account for over 70% of total mobile traffic in the region—up from 60% reported last year.
  • Over 60% of mobile traffic in both Latin America and North America is now encrypted and Sandvine predicts some networks will surpass 80% this year.


Global Insight Throughout the Year

The Global Internet Phenomena Reports examines a representative cross-section of the world’s leading fixed and mobile data providers using real-life, subscriber-anonymous network data to provide unparalleled insight into the happenings on consumer data networks. With each publication, the report is read by communications service providers, regulatory agencies, media outlets, technology companies, financial analysts, and research institutions worldwide to help them better understand the trends impacting modern broadband networks.

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UPDATED : 2017-02-13 11:54:51