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2014 World Cup, Largest Sports Video Streaming Event Ever for Akamai Technologies

Ike Suarez | Aug. 1, 2014
Footage streamed live and on-demand to audiences worldwide in more than 80 countries during month-long and world's premier football extravaganza.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil proved itself the largest live sporting event so far for Akamai Technologies Inc. in terms of video traffic volumes streamed to audiences worldwide. A press statement by the Cambridge, MA, US-based provider of Internet content delivery services said that during the month-long football extravaganza, Akamai Technologies Inc. delivered live and on-demand footage of all 64 matches by way of streaming media.

In doing so, it worked with 50 broadcasters around the world to reach audiences in more than 80 countries connected to various devices, including tablets, smartphones, and PCs. The company said that the July 8 Germany-Brazil semifinal match generated a delivery volume of 5.8 terabits per second(Tbps) to help bring about the highest overall traffic peak at 23 Tbps ever recorded on the Akamai Intelligent Platform. On the other hand, the July 9 Netherlands-Argentina semifinal match reached a peak traffic rate volume of 6.9 Tbps, the highest video streaming traffic volume Akamai Technologies Inc. has ever  delivered live so far for any  sporting event. And at the same time, volume traffic during the July 13 Germany-Argentina Championship match peaked at 6.6 Tbps.

The press statement cited a few other highlights including the following.
* The traffic delivery volumes of weekday matches averaged 4.2 Tbps as against the 3.5 average Tbps average traffic delivery volumes of weekend matches.
* The German national team drove the highest volumes of average traffic peaks at 5.1 Tbps.
* Other national teams generating the highest volumes of traffic peaks were Portugal at 4.9 Tbps, U.S. at 4.8 Tbps and Ghana at 4.5 Tbps.


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