As the topology of the Internet is not hierarchical, no single point of measurement is possible for total Internet traffic. Traffic data may be obtained from peering points of the Tier 1 network providers for indications of volume and growth. Such data, however, excludes traffic that remains within a single service provider's network as well as traffic that crosses private peering points.
Mobile operators have increased the amount of data they offer consumers with plans in 2018. Some of these plans include data caps in excess of 25GB. Competition is fueling the increase, as operators like to keep up with their peers in offering "the most data" for marketing purposes. With mobile penetration reaching a saturation point in many countries across all regions, the strategy until 2017 was the implementation of tiered plans as a way to monetize data and effectively manage or throttle the top users of traffic. While the top 1 percent of the users continue to consume less data in comparison to five years ago, there has been a resurgence in unlimited plans. In general, data caps affect a larger percentage of mobile users than fixed users. On the fixed networks, data caps continue to increase to match subscribers’ growing appetite for video. In parallel, fixed broadband operators in most countries offered higher broadband speed tiers in 2018 compared with 2017. Chinese operators in particular have hiked fixed broadband speeds, offering in the hundreds of megabits; one even offers 1 Gbps. In the United States, most providers are offering 1 Gbps and one operator offers 2 Gbps. While 10 Gbps offers are elusive to most, fixed operators in Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and Qatar are offering these higher speed services.
The Internet does not employ any formally centralized facilities for traffic management. Its progenitor networks, especially the ARPANET established early backbone infrastructure which carried traffic between major interchange centers for traffic, resulting in a tiered, hierarchical system of internet service providers (ISPs) within which the tier 1 networks provided traffic exchange through settlement-free peering and routing of traffic to lower-level tiers of ISPs. The dynamic growth of the worldwide network resulted in ever-increasing interconnections at all peering levels of the Internet, so that a robust system developed that could mediate link failures, bottlenecks, and other congestion at many levels.
There are shifts within Internet video traffic itself as well (Figure 14). In particular, live Internet video has the potential to drive large amounts of traffic as it replaces traditional broadcast viewing hours. Live video already accounts for 5 percent of Internet video traffic and will grow 15-fold to reach 17 percent by 2022. Also, of note is the growth of video surveillance traffic (dropcams). This traffic is of a very different nature than live or on-demand streaming and represents a steady stream of upstream video camera traffic, uploaded continuously from homes and small businesses to the cloud.
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Affiliates can be found all around the business world. In the corporate securities and capital markets, executive officers, directors, large stockholders, subsidiaries, parent entities, and sister companies are affiliates of other companies. Two entities may be affiliates if one owns less than a majority of voting stock in the other. For instance, Bank of America has a number of different affiliates around the world including US Trust and Merrill Lynch.