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Video Streams, Carriers Scream

8:00 AM -- Global mobile data bandwidth usage increased 68 percent in the first half of 2010, according to Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) vendor Allot Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT)'s MobileTrends Report detailing 190 million subscribers' activity across mobile networks.

Video streaming was the fastest-growing application, showing a 92 percent increase in the first half of the year. It was the single largest app worldwide.

Thanks to awesome videos like this and this, YouTube Inc. remained one of the single most important Websites, accounting for 13 percent of global mobile data bandwidth, Allot says.

Some other interesting tidbits that surely have the carriers reeling:

  • Facebook , by far The Social Network to beat, grew by 200 percent.
  • VoIP and IM, the second fastest growing mobile apps, grew by 84 percent, while Skype Ltd. accounted for 83 percent of the global mobile VoIP bandwidth.
  • Twitter Inc. jumped 310 percent in global mobile data bandwidth share.


— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:22:33 PM
re: Video Streams, Carriers Scream

Hmmm


"... mobile video will generate roughly 2.4 Exabytes/month. A big number, no doubt, but not that much to scream about."


Isn't that like saying "squeezing a camel though the eye of a needle wouldn't give the camel much of an issue..."


 


2.4 exabytes a month is fine if you have the infrastructure and management capabilities to handle it.

ycurrent 12/5/2012 | 4:22:33 PM
re: Video Streams, Carriers Scream

Mobile data growth is huge, but keep it in perspective.  For instance, Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) expects that by 2014, Consumer Internet video will generate 24 Exabytes/month, and mobile video will generate roughly 2.4 Exabytes/month. A big number, no doubt, but not that much to scream about.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:22:33 PM
re: Video Streams, Carriers Scream

I think the growth is also what's worth screaming (just yelping?) about. Granted, some of those services started off at a low number, but their growth is steep and in a relatively short period of time. It took some of the carriers by surprise.

ycurrent 12/5/2012 | 4:22:32 PM
re: Video Streams, Carriers Scream Hmmm... Aggregate and 2014...
Per Lembre 12/5/2012 | 4:22:32 PM
re: Video Streams, Carriers Scream

I find the growth figures very interesting. We are in an early phase of mobile broadband and when a bandwidth hungry application like video close to doubles in 6 months, then, well this is huge! 


It is becoming more and more evident that mobile operators will have to rethink some of their network strategies. The growth rates are simliar to what fixed broadband operators have been facing; and there are a few lessons to learn from how to cope with bandwidth growth in those networks.


In China, 80% of the base stations are connected on fiber. Anyone with an updated figure for the US or Europe?

nsalser 12/5/2012 | 4:21:31 PM
re: Video Streams, Carriers Scream

As your post rightly points out, the advent of the smart phone is turning the CSP’s world upside down. CSPs are struggling with this technological breakthrough because a typical smart phone uses 40 times the amount of data consumption than a simple voice and text message mobile phone at the turn of the millennium.  Even more surprising, 3G laptop cards and the 3G iPad tablet consume around 400 times more data than an old fashioned mobile phone! More than ever, service providers need end-to-end visibility of not only the performance of the infrastructure, but also the quality of experience the customer has, and the bandwidth that the customer is consuming. My company, InfoVista, sees the ability to proactively identify the most critical impacts to service before customers experience them as key to the success of service providers in this new age of video streaming and other bandwidth-hungry applications.

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