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Akamai reports high online traffic volumes for the Sochi Olympics

Ales Hemsky (3rd R) of the Czech Republic celebrates with team mate Milan Michalek after scoring a goal during the  Hockey Quarterfinals match between the USA and the Czech Republic during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 19. Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images.
Ales Hemsky (3rd R) of the Czech Republic celebrates with team mate Milan Michalek after scoring a goal during the Hockey Quarterfinals match between the USA and the Czech Republic during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 19. Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images.

Akamai Technologies Inc., a Cambridge company specializing in Web content delivery, said Friday that it has already delivered more data for the Sochi Winter Olympics than it did for all of the London Olympics in 2012.

Akamai, which released its report even before Team USA was defeated by the Canadians in what was expected to be a widely watched men’s hockey game, added that it is supporting more than 20 rights-holders worldwide in delivering Olympics content, including NBC, France Televisions, and TV2 Norway.

In North America, the most popular Winter Olympics sports among people consuming Web content have been hockey and snowboarding. In Central and Northern Europe, regional favorites have included the biathlon and cross-country skiing, Akamai said.

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Akamai, which uses metrics to measure data delivery, said it hit 2.5 Tbps Wednesday during the US/Czech Republic and Canada/Latvia men’s hockey quarterfinals taking place in parallel, in addition to women’s figure skating.

Akamai offered this translation for the laity: One Tbps, or terabits per second, is 125 GBps, or gigabits per second. For example, this is the equivalent to downloading an average HD movie at 2 GB 62.5 times per second. Another example of this volume could be translated to a music album.  Adele’s “21” is 110 MB. Traffic of 1Tbps is the equivalent to downloading that album more than one thousand times per second.

In any case, Akamai said that it hit 2.5 Tbps Wednesday during the US/Czech Republic and Canada/Latvia men’s hockey quarterfinals taking place in parallel, in addition to women’s figure skating.

 “The Sochi Games mark Akamai’s 10th year of helping rights holders deliver the Olympics experience to audiences around the world,” Troy Snyder, an Akamai vice president and executive producer, said in an earlier statement. “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.” 

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