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World Cup: U.S.-Belgium Is Peak-Streamed Global Match: Akamai

Heading into the quarterfinals, the Belgium-U.S. Round of 16 battle generated the highest individual match peak streaming performance of any contest in the 2014 World Cup, according to Akamai Technologies.

The Belgians’ 2-1 win over Sam’s Army in extra time peaked with 5.7 terabits per second of streaming video on Akamai's content delivery network, said company officials.

That ranked second in the tourney through July 1 behind the 6.8 tbps that were delivered for the simultaneous Group G matches on June 26 between the U.S. and Germany and Ghana and Portugal.

Overall, the 12 “Group of Death” matches averaged the highest streaming delivery of 4.3 tbps, according to the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

Other than Group G, the remaining average peak traffic for the other seven groups broke down as follows: D – 3.6 tbps; A – 3.4 tbps; B – 3.3 tbps; F – 2.4 tbps; E – 2.2 tbps; C – 1.9 tbps; and H – 1.9 tbps.

Akamai -- which is supplying technical assistance in delivering live and on-demand online video for the action from Brazil, to more than 50 rights-holders -- counts the CBC (Canada), SBS (Australia), SVT (Sweden), Singtel (Singapore), (Hong Kong), Telecinco (Spain), Wilmaa (Switzerland) and Zattoo (Germany and Switzerland), among its client roster.

Other findings from the Akamai Intelligent Platform through the end of the Group Stage on June 26.

Average Peak Traffic by Day, which clearly shows that online viewing was higher weekdays as opposed to weekends.

Monday – 3.7 tbps

Thursday – 3.4 tbps

Tuesday – 3.1 tbps

Wednesday – 3.1 tbps

Friday – 2.7 tbps

Saturday – 2.3 tbps

Sunday – 2.2 tbps

Average Peak Traffic by Time of Match (time is (ET), But since this is global traffic, the later the match, the lower the peak.

12 PM – 3.5 tbps

3 PM – 3.1 tbps

4 PM – 3 tbps

6 PM – 2.2 tbps

9 PM – 1.8 tbps

Average Peak Traffic by Region

North America – 4.3 tbps

Europe/Middle East – 3.1 tbps

South America – 3 tbps

Africa – 2.8 tbps

APJ – 2.2 tbps

Average Peak Traffic by Team