Procrastinating on Facebook and binge-watching videos of cute puppies and House of Cards episodes on YouTube and Netflix, respectively. Those are the activities that, presumably, Argentines like doing best when they go online, according to a new study released by the CABASE Internet Index – a report that gathers indicators and data about the state of the internet in the country.
We say presumably because we have no way of knowing what Argentines do on these websites (well, we meaning The Bubble, some agencies probably do). But knowing the world trends, it doesn’t seem very likely that Argentines go on Facebook to conduct sociological experiments and on YouTube and Netflix to gather video material for research papers.
The report also indicated that internet traffic grew by 85 percent, compared to December 2016, mainly due to the substantial increase in the amount of videos watched online by users: “the great increase in traffic can be explained by the unstoppable popularity of the diverse formats and uses of video, and the fact that their participation on the total amount of internet traffic is getting more and more relevant,” CABASE representative Ariel Graizer told La Nación. He also mentioned that the fixed network traffic is superior to the mobile usage, because mobile users have the ability to connect to a WiFi network whenever possible.
These stats go in line with the rest of the world. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index for 2021, videos will account for 82 percent of global traffic—which also states that just over 40 percent of connected devices will be mobile.
Cisco’s research claims that in 2021 Argentina will reach a fixed average broadband speed of 16.9 Mbps, while the today’s average speed is 5 Mbps. Yay, faster internet for more videos of cute puppies!