Broadband network company Sandvine just released its bi-annual report on Internet network traffic patterns, and some familiar names continue to dominate the game. The report includes both upstream and downstream traffic share data for the first half of 2015, as well as mobile traffic data.
Upstream Versus Downstream
It’s important for readers to understand the terminology that Sandvine uses in the report. Total network traffic can be broken down into two classes: upstream traffic and downstream traffic.
Upstream traffic refers to data that is send from a computer or network and includes outgoing data such as email messages, file uploads or data sent over the internet while playing an online game.
In contrast, downstream data refers to data that is received by a computer or network and includes received email messages, downloaded files or simply visiting websites.
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