By: Gareth James / January 24, 2017

Trump inauguration sets record numbers for streaming

The 2017 presidential inauguration, according to Akamai, a US-based content delivery network, is the largest single live news event that the company has delivered. Live video streaming of the event peaked at 8.7 Tbps (terabytes per second) at the start of President Trump’s speech. That exceeded a record set on election day on November 8, 2016 of 7.5 Tbps. This may not be a huge surprise to many on the digital side of things, considering the rise of streaming video and the lessening importance of traditional live broadcasts, but it does show that streaming is becoming a more major player.

Bill Wheaton, EVP and general manager of media at Akamai said: “The Presidential Inauguration is the latest in a series of record-breaking live, online video streaming events that we have supported over the last year. More people than ever are watching video online, and it’s being done across more devices at increasingly higher levels of quality.”

About Gareth James

Accounts Director at and creator of a best selling iOS app. Gareth loves to help small to medium size businesses get more online exposure. Gareth started his online marketing journey back in 2008.

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