Royal Wedding spikes TENET traffic

The Royal Wedding between Prince William and his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton is making headlines around the world, and many people have used the Internet to watch proceedings instead of traditional TV broadcasts.

The YouTube Royal Channel was an obvious choice for many Internet users, with a live broadcast, wedding highlights and more.

Many South Africans have also used the Internet to watch the event, and the increase in traffic at local universities was clearly visible through TENET’s traffic graphs.

The University of Cape Town’s international traffic peaked at over 400Mbps shortly after 12:00 today, well above their usual average of 150 Mbps during this time.  The University of Stellenbosch also nearly doubled their traffic during this time.


TENET CTO Andrew Alston explains that while the traffic was coming through a YouTube channel, the source of the stream actually seemed to be distributed between CDN services Limelight and Akamai. Alston added that the majority of the traffic today came from international sources.

“While TENET’s network had more than ample capacity to carry the additional traffic load, some universities may have seen saturation of their ordered international capacity,” said Alston.

TENET further confirmed that the traffic generated by this event seems to eclipse even the amounts of traffic generated in June 2010 by users watching streams and clips of the World Cup football games. 

“The total traffic that can be directly attributed to the Royal Wedding ran to between 300 and 500 Mbps – which is more bandwidth than TENET had available for its combined institutions pre-SEACOM,” said Alston.

“The fact that such a traffic increase can be accommodated speaks to the huge impact that lowered pricing and larger infrastructure has had on the network.”

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