Allot: Video streaming dominated mobile data traffic in first half 2010

Video streaming now accounts for some 35 percent of data transmitted over mobile networks, concludes the latest Allot MobileTrends report covering the first half of 2010.

Measuring the data of operators around the world, Allot found that video streaming in the first half of the year nearly doubled from the previous six months. Video consumption now makes up the majority of data carried over mobile networks, and YouTube accounts for 40 percent of that.

VoIP also increased significantly since 2009, jumping more than 80 percent. Mobile VoIP is dominated by Skype, whose traffic makes up 83 percent of the voice total.

The report also highlights how the demand for social networking applications increased exponentially over the first half of 2010 as Twitter grew its bandwidth by 310 percent and Facebook increased its dominance with a 200 percent increase. VoIP and instant messaging applications grew significantly during this period becoming the second fastest growing traffic-type, demonstrating that they have become popular, cost-effective alternatives to traditional voice and messaging services, Allot said.

For more:
- see this article from The Register
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