The African internet usage report notes that mobile video accounts for significantly less downstream traffic than in North America and Europe where it accounts for more than 30%.
In terms of fixed networks, video streaming is the leading source of downstream internet traffic at 26%. However, Sandvine noted that this too was still “significantly lower than North America and Europe where it accounts for more than 30%.”
YouTube was named as the top video streaming app, accounting for 12.3% of fixed downstream traffic, while P2P filesharing represents more than 15% of total fixed network traffic.
Sandvine said this level of filesharing was “likely due to the lack of over-the-top streaming options and the poorer streaming experience afforded by slower networks, compared to downloading content to watch later.”
Sandvine’s COO of sales and global services, Tom Donnelly, said: “Throughout Africa, communications service providers are rapidly building out their networks to enhance services and extend coverage into new and previously unconnected locations.”