Cord-Cutters Are Putting A Strain On Broadband Networks

May 15th, 2014
in News, econ_news, syndication

by Felix Richter,

As the emergence of video streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu is causing more and more U.S. households to cancel their cable subscriptions. 

Follow up:

Providers of broadband services are feeling the strain that these "cord-cutters" are putting on their networks.

According to Sandvine, the broadband networking company that provides periodic reports on traffic consumption, potential cord-cutters, i.e. those 15% of broadband subscribers with the highest audio and video streaming usage, are really gulping down bandwidth compared to average broadband subscribers. According to data collected in March 2014, those heavy streaming users in the U.S. consume an average of 212 GB per month, of which 153 GB can be attributed to streaming activities. A typical broadband subscriber, i.e. one who's likely to stream online video on a regular basis but not as extensive as the top 15 percent, consumes just 29 GB of data per month.

Moreover, potential cord-cutters, while representing just 15% of all broadband subscribers, account for more than 50% of all data traffic. Given these numbers, it is no surprise that broadband providers such as Comcast are asking streaming services to carry their weight in the necessary expansion of broadband networks.

Infographic: Cord-Cutters Are Putting A Strain On Broadband Networks | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista


Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted.  As the internet is a "war zone" of trolls, hackers and spammers - Econintersect must balance its defences against ease of commenting.  We have joined with Livefyre to manage our comment streams.

To comment, just click the "Sign In" button at the top-left corner of the comment box below. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Open ID - or open a Livefyre account using your email address.



Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day


Asia / Pacific
Middle East / Africa
USA Government

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution



  Top Economics Site Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2016 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved