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Video Share in Africa Doubled in Past Year – Sandvine

WATERLOO, ON -- Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today released its latest Global Internet Phenomena Report focusing on Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. The report is based on data from a selection of Sandvine’s 300-plus communications service provider (CSP) customers.

Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report: Africa, Asia-Pacific & the Middle East contain findings from both fixed and mobile networks, the highlights of which include:

  • Video on mobile networks in Africa has doubled in the last year increasing from 8.6% to 18.1%
  • YouTube continues to be top the mobile application in both Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, with Sandvine predicting the rapid growth of video in Africa will make it the top application in Africa within the next 18 months
  • Filesharing still accounts for almost 30% of total traffic on fixed networks in Asia- Pacific, although it did experience a small decline over the figures observed last year. Last year, Sandvine predicted that Filesharing traffic share had peaked in the region
  • Facebook properties (Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp) continue to account for over 20% of all traffic on mobile networks in the Middle East
  • WAP Browsing, typically associated with feature phone use, has seen its traffic share cut in half in Africa over the past two years. This is indicative of increasing smartphone adoption in the region

    “The rapid growth of video on mobile networks in Africa underscores the need for operators in the region to have solutions in place that allow them to measure, monetize, and optimize the Real-Time Entertainment traffic that subscribers value,” said Tom Donnelly, Sandvine’s COO, Sales and Global Services. “These strategies have been extremely successful for our customers in both Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, and has allowed them to provide their subscribers a high quality of experience when they are using the applications they care the most about.”

    Sandvine Inc.

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