In this era of the Internet of Things (IoT), there is no practical limit to the number of devices that can have an IP address. Knowing this, Sandvine decided to do a little research with the hopes of shedding light on how the devices in your home impact modern fixed networks.
So after spending a few months working on it, today I am happy to announce we released our latest Global Internet Phenomena spotlight entitled “Inside The Connected Home”.
The report is based on data from a small selection of Sandvine’s fixed communications service provider (CSP) customers in North America and we believe the report contains a number of revelatory facts, the highlights of which include:
• The average household now has over seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices
• Mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) on fixed Wi-Fi networks now account for almost 30% of North American fixed access traffic. This phenomenon known as “home roaming” accounted for only 9% of traffic five years ago.
• On PlayStation 4 consoles, gameplay traffic is only responsible for 2.5% of the total traffic that device generates. Video streaming (65%), e.g., using the device to access Netflix, and game downloads (25%) make up the majority of their bandwidth consumption
The entire report is an interesting read if you want to learn more about the different traffic consumption patterns the devices in your home have. We even discuss at a high level just how Sandvine is able to understand and measure the traffic of unique devices even when behind a NAT.
So if you are looking for a fun read in these dog day of summer, I encourage you to download it today.