Will online streams of the Euro Cup deliver?
Millions of fans across the world use their mobile devices and tablets to watch live streams of sporting events.
The same goes for fans of the UEFA European Championship. Soccer matches this summer have drawn in about 2 million online viewers per game, says Akamai Technologies.
The Euro Cup’s maximum peak traffic for streaming matches, so far, was 4.03 terabits per second. The tournament, Akamai officials say, will generate double the amount of peak online streaming traffic compared to the 2014 World Cup.
That number is expected to further increase during the semi-final round of the tournament, which pits Portugal against Wales on July 6, and Germany against France on July 7. The winners will face off for the title on July 10.
“We’re expecting to see peak traffic for Euro 2016 hit the 10-13 Tbps. So in two years we’re actually seeing a doubling in traffic,” said Akamai’s Ian Munford, adding that prior to the Euros, the 2014 World Cup was the biggest online audience the company had delivered.
The explosion of mobile broadband and Internet services tied to major live events has placed tremendous pressure on service providers. These organizations are expected to deliver a quality experience, regardless of surges in demand.
And in today’s mobile economy, networks and providers simply cannot provide spotty streams or interrupted content. It’s crucial for these organizations to know when to expect massive amounts of consumers logging on to view fields and to plan appropriately.
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