The average North American household now has more than seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices, a new report from Sandvine said.
Tablets and smartphones on fixed Wi-Fi networks now account for almost 30% of North American fixed access traffic, according to Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight: Inside the Connected Home.
iPhones makes up 12.5% of traffic, Android OS devices 11.3% and iPads 5.4%.
This phenomenon known as “home roaming” accounted for only 9% of traffic five years ago.
Meanwhile, laptop and desktop PCs now account for less than 25% of total traffic on fixed access networks.
PCs were, however, responsible for 61% of Olympic streaming traffic on a typical day in the United States. Roku devices (10%), were the set-top box of choice, beating Amazon Fire TV (3.9%) and Apple TV (3.3%).
And, pay-TV operators, pay attention: On one network, the top consuming Netflix device (more than 12%) was not a game console or web browser, but the operator’s branded television set-top box that allows OTT applications.
On computers, streaming real-time entertainment (RTE) made up 45% of all traffic, far less than the 62% of RTE generated by Android phones.
And, despite their initial purpose, game consoles are all about video. On PlayStation 4 consoles, game play traffic is only responsible for 2.5% of the total traffic that device generates. Video streaming accounts for 65% of its total traffic, followed by game downloads (25%).
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