Sochi Olympics drives big spike in online video traffic

Parent Category: News | 14-02-2014

The opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, drove more than 1Tbps of online video traffic across the Akamai Intelligent Platform on Friday 7 February.

Akamai is helping more than 20 broadcasters deliver live and on-demand online video coverage of the Sochi Games to viewers using connected devices around the world.

In addition to the opening ceremony, several other events have also generated notable peak traffic volumes, including: figure skating, biathlon and luge (761Gbps on 8 February); figure skating and ski jumping (949Gbps on 9 February); biathlon (969Gbps on 10 February); cross-country skiing and biathlon (1.3Tbps on 11 February); and figure skating and snowboarding (1.3Tbps on 11 February).

"The Sochi Games mark Akamai's tenth year of helping rights-holders deliver the Olympics experience to audiences around the world," said Troy Snyder, vice president and executive producer at Akamai. "We believe that the scale and reach of the Akamai Intelligent Platform has played a crucial role in helping to ensure that everybody from family and friends of participating athletes, to fans of the Olympics and sports in general have been able to enjoy the Sochi Games, no matter where they've watched or what connected device they've used."