The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

North American Internet traffic doubles: Report


SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - The amount of data sent online in North America has more than doubled over the past year, with Netflix shows accounting for a big chunk of Internet traffic, a report found on Wednesday.

Online data use in North America was up 120 per cent this year, with video streaming service Netflix accounting for 33 per cent of the traffic streamed on fixed networks, according to Sandvine's Global Internet Phenomena Report.

Canada-based Sandvine specialises in mobile and fixed, or wired, broadband Internet systems.

Audio and video streaming accounts for 65 per cent of all downstream traffic from 9pm to 12am daily and half of that is Netflix traffic on North American fixed networks, according to Sandvine chief executive Dave Caputo.