Congratulations to Germany for winning football’s big tournament on Sunday in Brazil.
What did it look like on AT&T’s network when the world’s eyes turned to a match? My colleague, Steve Moser, manages the Network Visitor Program at our Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) and recently blogged on the tournament’s impact on our network with the images below.
As background, our GNOC team continuously tests our network for reliability and security issues. This includes anticipating the impact of events on global network traffic so traffic on AT&T’s network can continue to flow and our customers expected service levels are maintained. To monitor the changing patterns of global traffic and re-allocate network capacity as necessary, AT&T uses a system called Worldwide IP Performance Management (WIPM).
According to WIPM, this is how the AT&T Global Network looks on a typical weekday morning at 8:18 CST in the U.S., when it’s still afternoon in Europe and early evening in Asia.
Now, take a look about 3 hours later, 11:19 CST, when it’s late evening in both Europe and Asia. –
Less then one hour later, at 12:04 CST, when a match in Brazil began, notice the change:
You can see the surge in traffic. It’s another example of how the Internet is changing our entertainment experience. Cisco predicted video streaming and IP broadcast of the big game would generate 4.3 exabytes of IP traffic, which is three times the amount of monthly IP traffic currently generated by Brazil. And, it’s breaking social media records.
For more about the maps and our global network operations, view Steve’s blog here.