Web Browsing continues as the dominant downstream traffic category, accounting for 31.4% of downstream traffic, a small the decline from last year and also communications now accounts for 41.57% of peak upstream traffic.
The points below reflect the latest trends of mobile access phenomena in Asia-Pacific, Africa, & the Middle East:
Mobile Access in Africa
- WhatsApp generates over 7% of network traffic & Viber with 3.18% is now among the top 10 upstream traffic generating applications.
- Africa is the only region where Opera Mini, a web browser focused on data efficiency on both feature phones and smartphones, remains among the top 10 applications.
- YouTube ranks at the second place of the 10 peak period applications of downstream with a rate of 11.78%, followed by WhatsApp.
- In contrast, WhatsApp ranks at the same place but in upstream, followed by Facebook, and YouTube comes at the last space.
Mobile Access in the Middle East
- YouTube is the leading application in the region, accounting for nearly 25% of downstream traffic during the peak evening hours & 15.79% of upstream.
- What is unique with Middle Eastern networks is the popularity of Instagram, where it continues to be the fourth-ranked application, accounting for over 9.5% of total traffic during peak period.
Mobile Access in Asia-Pacific
- Unlike other regions in Asia-Pacific, multiple applications including YouTube, Dailymotion, Wowza, MPEG, PPStream, and QVoD are responsible for driving traffic.
- Even with the small decline in overall Real-Time Entertainment share, YouTube accounted for 22.5% of peak downstream traffic.