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Streaming Numbers Jump for European Football Tournament Delivered by Akamai

Written by

Chris Nicholson

July 14, 2021

Chris Nicholson is a senior public relations manager at Akamai, where he leads PR efforts for the company's Media & Entertainment industry business. He's been on the technology side of the M&E; industry for more than 15 years, first as a trade journalist and then in several corporate communications, public relations and marketing roles with organizations including the National Association of Broadcasters, SeaChange International and most recently, Brightcove.

 

The video streaming traffic that Akamai delivered for more than 30 rights-holding customers during the July 11 Italy-England football (soccer) final as part of the delayed-to-2021European soccer tournament peaked at 34.9 Tbps on the Akamai edge platform. The traffic peak during the final match was the highest that Akamai reached for the tournament and was nearly 5x greater than the 7.3 Tbps peak of the 2016 Portugal-France championship match. Traffic during the June 29, 2021, round-of-16 match between Germany and England was the second-highest peak for the tournament, reaching 33.9 Tbps; third-highest was the July 6 Italy-Spain semi-final at 32.6 Tbps. 

Average peak traffic for all 51 tournament matches was 17.5 Tbps, which is more than 4x higher than the 4.1 Tbps average observed in 2016. Akamai helped customers live stream nearly 580 million hours of tournament coverage in 2021, 3.5x the almost 164 million hours streamed in 2016.



Written by

Chris Nicholson

July 14, 2021

Chris Nicholson is a senior public relations manager at Akamai, where he leads PR efforts for the company's Media & Entertainment industry business. He's been on the technology side of the M&E; industry for more than 15 years, first as a trade journalist and then in several corporate communications, public relations and marketing roles with organizations including the National Association of Broadcasters, SeaChange International and most recently, Brightcove.