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Harish Menon

Harish Menon

January 22, 2021 9:00 AM

Streaming Traffic Peaks During Biden Inauguration

Live news streaming traffic during the Biden inauguration ceremony on January 20 peaked at 12 Tbps on the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform. The peak, which occurred as now-President Biden was taking the oath of office just before 12 PM ET, is roughly 8x higher than what we typically see for mid-day traffic on a weekday. However, it's still less than the 18 Tbps we observed during 2020 election night on

Harish Menon

Harish Menon

November 4, 2020 3:45 PM

Streaming Traffic Peaks on Election Night

Preliminary data shows live news streaming traffic peaked at approximately 18 Tbps on Akamai's Intelligent Edge platform during coverage of the U.S. Presidential Election on November 3rd. That's roughly 5X greater than traffic on a typical day and more than double the 7.5 Tbps peak we observed during the 2016 Election night, which set a record at the time for the largest single news event that Akamai delivered. Streaming traffic

Harish Menon

Harish Menon

October 22, 2020 9:00 AM

Metrics That Matter: Measuring Streaming Performance

The COVID-19 health crisis created a dramatic shift in our lifestyles. With work, school, and entertainment taking place in home environments now, it's no surprise that screen time is up. Nielsen reports that not only did overall media consumption jump significantly in the first quarter of 2020, the share of video streaming in total time spent online rose from 19% in fourth-quarter 2019 to 25% in second-quarter 2020. Never has