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Netflix is no longer the biggest bandwidth-eating application

Revealed as part of Sandvine's 2019 Global Internet Phenomena Report

Netflix is no longer the biggest application in terms of bandwidth used on internet networks according to a new report.

Sandvine’s 2019 Global Internet Phenomena Report reveals that globally, Netflix has lost the top spot to web-based media streaming apps.

In the first half of 2019, HTTP media streaming represented 12.8 per cent of downstream internet traffic worldwide. Netflix accounted for 12.6 per cent of total downstream volume of traffic across the entire internet.

Worldwide, the top 10 applications by downstream bandwidth consumption are: HTTP media stream (12.8 per cent); Netflix (12.6 per cent); YouTube (8.7 per cent); operator IPTV (7.2 per cent); HTTP download (4.5 per cent); HTTP TLS (4.4 per cent); HTTP (3.0 per cent); Facebook (3.0 per cent); PlayStation download (2.8 per cent); BitTorrent (2.4 per cent).

The report also found:

  • Google represents 12 per cent of overall internet traffic, driven by YouTube, as well as search and Android devices
  • BitTorrent is over 27 per cent of total upstream volume of traffic globally and over 44 per cent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) alone

The 2019 Global Internet Phenomena Report is based on a statistically representative sample of usage data from the first six months of year, compiled from the company’s 160 internet service provider customers.

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