A five year perspective of traffic pattern evolution in a residential broadband access network

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In this paper we describe a systematic study on long-term evolution of
residential broadband Internet traffic covering 5 calendar years from June 2007 to
May 2011. The traffic evolution is characterized both in the term of the total traffic
volume, as well as the traffic volumes and shares for different application categories
(file sharing, video streaming etc.), with the focus on comparing the traffic on the per
IP user basis and among different broadband subscription groups. The results show
that the average daily total traffic generated by each private end user increased only
by about 33 % during the past 5 years. Further, the results show that the P2P filesharing
has been dominating the network total traffic, but the daily file-sharing
traffic volume per end user largely remains the same. Also, the daily streamingmedia
traffic volume per end user has increased dramatically by over 500% during
the studied period of time. In the meantime, the daily web-browsing traffic volume
per end user has increased by about 300%. Finally, a further investigation among 4
different FTTH broadband subscription groups with 1, 10 , 30, and 100 Mbit/s
symmetric access speeds shows that the lower the access speed, the more diversified
the end user traffic tend to be.


  • Jie Li
  • Andreas Aurelius
  • Viktor Nordell
  • Manxing Du
  • Åke Arvidsson
  • Maria Kihl
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  • Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
PublisherIEEE--Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
EventFuture Network & Mobile Summit 2012 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2012 Jul 42012 Jul 6


ConferenceFuture Network & Mobile Summit 2012

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