The Connected Home
In this era of the Internet of Things (IoT), there is no practical limit to the number of devices that can have an IP address. In addition to ‘traditional’ devices like laptops, tablets, mobile phones, gaming consoles, smart televisions, etc., the Internet will soon see the addition of billions of new devices (e.g., thermostats, entertainment devices, security cameras, small appliances, etc.) connected through our homes. The increasing number and diversity of connected devices brings opportunity to communications service providers (CSPs) who can identify trends and create services that anticipate new needs.
Inside the Connected Home
Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight
This Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight endeavors to provide insight on devices that are being actively used within North American households in the hopes to better understand how the increasing number of devices impacts Internet usage.
Some notable points from the research include:
- The average household now has over seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices
- Laptop and Desktops now account for less than 25% of total traffic on fixed access networks
- Mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) on fixed Wi-Fi networks now account for almost 30% of North American fixed access traffic. This phenomenon known as “home roaming” accounted for only 9% of traffic five years ago
- On PlayStation 4 consoles, game play traffic is only responsible for 2.5% of the total traffic that device generates. Video streaming (65%), e.g., using the device to access Netflix, and game downloads (25%) make up the majority of their bandwidth consumption
- On one network, the top consuming Netflix device (over 12%) was not a game console or web browser, but the operator’s branded television set-top box that allows OTT applications
Policy Control for Connected and Tethered Devices
This paper details how Sandvine’s traffic classification technology provides CSPs with the insight to understand the rich assortment of devices on their network and to empower CSPs with the policy control capabilities to profitably manage the Internet of Things.