World Cup most watched sporting event online

The 2010 World Cup has become the largest globally consumed sporting event seen on content delivery network provider Akamai’s platform to-date, the company said. Daily World Cup-related traffic on the Akamai network has been consistently above 500Gbps, with the highest peaks at nearly 1Tbps of traffic.

World Cup-related traffic to Akamai’s network peaked at 969Gbps during last Friday’s match between the US and Slovenia. During the match, requests to World Cup sites increased nearly 250%. Akamai said Europe has remained the highest global region consistently in terms of traffic, with the UK tending to be the biggest draw.  

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