By: Cory Perrin - Staff Writer
Published: May 18, 2021

Netflix Web Traffic Exceeds Internet Surfing

Netflix Web Traffic - Reports show that Netflix takes up more of the Internet flow that web surfing. According to a study published by Sandvine Inc., Netflix takes up 30% of the total traffic in homes. This was during the evening peak hours, when web browsing was only at 17%.

While the statistics show Netflix having most of the traffic it;s only due to the fact that streaming video takes up a lot more bandwidth than emailing, Web surfing, and just about every other activity on the Internet. The crazy part about it is that only a quarter of the homes with broadband has Netflixs, which supports the statistics shown.

With Netflix’s customers continuing to grow, reaching 23.6 million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada as of the end of March, the amount of bandwidth the company uses continues to grow as well. This is good news in many areas considering Netflix, which began as a company that mails DVDs, is now switching to a mainly online company. In return reducing the cost of bringing DVDs to households.

With Netflix using more bandwidth this also means that the other areas must be decreasing, like the peer-to-peer file sharing. Peer-to-peer file sharing was once on top with Web surfing, but now the illegal actions of file sharing and Web surfing are both below Netflix. Most of the data retrieved for the study was collected from unidentified customers.


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