The irruption of Netflix triggered the video traffic in streaming and made a notable reversal of the exchange of unlicensed files (many of them pirates) between anonymous users through protocols such as BitTorrent. But interestingly, the proliferation of Netflix competing platforms such as HBO, Amazon Prime or Movistar + has made many users have decided to return to these systems because you can not pay so many bills.
Compared to the 2015 minimums, the BitTorrent files represented 22% of the global upload traffic and 2.84% of the downloads worldwide and lead that rise traffic in the region of Europe, the Middle East and Africa ( EMEA) with 31%, surpassing Netflix itself, according to the report The Global Internet Phenomena Report of the Sandvine consultancy.
"File sharing is not dead. With more options and content channels than ever, consumers do not have good options to access all the content that may interest them and resort to piracy again, "the report says.
The vice president of Sandvine and responsible for the report, Cam Cullen, emphasizes that the platforms are increasingly producing exclusive content such as Game of Thrones on HBO, Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video and House of Cards on Netflix, which causes users to pay a subscription and pirate the rest, unable to afford to pay for all.
Netflix monopolizes 15% of 'streaming'
The video streaming It accounts for 57.8% of global download traffic on the Internet, with Netflix at the top, which accounts for 15% of global traffic thanks to its catalog and its universality (it is present worldwide except in four countries). It occupies the first position in America, the second in EMEA and the third in Asia-Pacific.
Consumers also upload video to the Internet and, according to the report, they do so "more than ever". Raw MPEG-TS is the application that heads this section, with 9.99% of the traffic in America. Netflix occupies the third position in this ranking (5.13%) due to the data collected by the user's service, such as the location or the library.
In EMEA, Google ranks second in upstream traffic (9.42%), as a result of search requests, and YouTube ranks fourth in upstream traffic (4.09%).
In Asia-Pacific, file-sharing services rank first in upstream traffic, although to a lesser extent than in the EMEA region, since they account for 19.1%. It is a region where the increases are not limited by access but by the cost and peering of broadband, as indicated by Sansvine.
He jThis is one of the categories that has grown the most. It accounts for 7.8% of global download traffic, and includes downloads from official services, such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Steam or Nintendo, as well as from specific games. The report makes a nuance: the actual game download traffic is probably higher due to the stores on-line.
Sandvine highlights in his report that currently, most games are downloaded, with a very high weight which causes problems in the network. For example, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 occupies 101 gigas (GB) and Grand Theft Auto V, 65GB, compared to the 7GB that occupy one hour of streaming video on Netflix.
League of Legends (LOL) it accounts for 51.5% of the connections globally. If we look at the different regions analyzed, LOL ranks first in EMEA, while Fortnite It is in the first position in America. Asia-Pacific triumphs Player Unknown Battlegrounds.
The report also gathers global traffic derived from the use of social networks, and places Instagram as the first social platform, encompassing 42.2% of downloads and 27% of uploads worldwide. The Asia-Pacific region leads the list with 53.4% download and 37.1% of uploads dedicated to Instagram.
In second place is Facebook, which accumulates the highest percentage of the traffic of increases worldwide (48.7%), picking up even more in EMEA, where it reaches 54.1% of the increases. Closing the podium of social networks is Snapchat (7.5% and 14.1%, respectively), followed by Tumblr, the Russian social network VK and, further away, Twitter.
In terms of messaging applications, the global leadership in terms of traffic corresponds to Skype, with 28.1% of downloads and 12.2% of uploads. Sandvine highlights the domain of applications that combine voice calls over IP with messages. In second position and a short distance follows WhatsApp (23.2% and 17.6%).
Finally, the research has also analyzed the traffic coming from the music services in streaming Spotify leads the ranking with 33% of downloads worldwide and 24.2% of the uploads. The second most used music platform has been the software of streaming Shoutcast, used in functions such as radio broadcasts. On the other hand, the Apple Music service does not appear until the fifth position of the list, while Google Play Music does not appear until the eighth position.