Observations of an Internet Middleman (Level3) (was: RIP

Scott Helms khelms at zcorum.com
Fri May 16 15:45:06 UTC 2014


Bandwidth use trends are actually increasingly asymmetical because of the
popularity of OTT video.

Social media, even with video uploading, simply doesn't generate that much
traffic per session.

"During peak period, Real-Time Entertainment traffic is by far the most
dominant traffic category, accounting for almost
half of the downstream bytes on the network. As observed in past reports,
Social Networking applications continue to
be very well represented on the mobile network. This speaks to their
popularity with subscribers as these applications
typically generate far less traffic than those that stream audio and video."


Scott Helms
Vice President of Technology
(678) 507-5000

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM, Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu> wrote:

> On Friday, May 16, 2014 05:08:33 PM Scott Helms wrote:
> > Social media is not a big driver of symmetrical traffic
> > here in the US or internationally.  Broadband suffers
> > here for a number of reasons, mainly topological and
> > population density, in comparison to places like Japan,
> > parts (but certainly not all) of Europe, and South
> > Korea.
> It might not be (now), but if symmetrical bandwidth will go
> in on the back of teenagers wanting to upload videos about
> their lives, the meer fact that the bandwidth is there means
> someone will find bigger and better use for it, than social
> media.
> We saw this when we deployed FTTH in Malaysia, back in '09.
> Mark.

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