Demand for Mobile Video Streaming to Surge During Russia 2018 – But Quality Fears Persist
Independent Research Shows Mobile Streaming of World Cup Matches Could Double Compared to the Previous World Cup and 2 in 3 Footy Fans Would Ditch their Operator for Unlimited Football Video Plans
REDWOOD CITY, California –June 12, 2018 – Independent research based on over 3,000 European subscribers on behalf of Openwave Mobility has found that 1 in 3 football fans (31%) will watch the 2018 Russia World Cup using mobile data. This is nearly double the number of people that watched the 2014 Brazilian World Cup (17%) using mobile data. The 2018 World Cup study was conducted in the UK, Spain and Germany and found that mobile operators can expect a surge in live streaming traffic over the course of the tournament.
Many subscribers (29%), however, revealed that they will shun their mobiles owing to poor Quality of Experience (QoE) and bill shock. During the 2014 Brazilian tournament, European subscribers shared the same worries through a study conducted in May 2014. Even after four years, the same fears of poor QoE and bill shock still dog the industry.
“While the demand for mobile video has grown dramatically, improvements in QoE have not necessarily gone hand in hand,” said John Giere, CEO of Openwave Mobility. “Consecutive studies have shown that subscribers will only tolerate six seconds of buffering before switching off in frustration. And a global sporting phenomenon like the World Cup adds another layer of complexity. Live streaming coupled with a surge in demand can strain mobile networks more than Video on Demand streaming. So, whether it is watching a funny cat video or Mo Salah’s dribbling skills – buffering and stalling can get the red card treatment from subscribers!”
Giere continued: “However, operators should note that there is money on the table for monetizing mobile video on the back of major sporting events. The survey found that almost 2 in 3 (62%) football fans would switch to a mobile operator who offered a price-plan to watch unlimited football on their mobile data connection – and 20% were prepared to pay extra for this.”
Additional findings from the research include:
- Football fans in Spain are much more inclined to watch matches on the go, compared to other nations. 1 in 2 (51%) will watch Sergio Ramos and the team in Moscow on a handset. Spanish footy fans topped the table again during Brazil 2014 when 1 in 3 watched on mobile data, beating the British and German fans.
- 39% of European Millennials will watch the 2018 World Cup over mobile data. That is twice the number of Baby Boomers (21%) watching the Russian tournament on a handset.
Giere concluded: “Openwave Mobility has over 30 global deployments and during the World Cup we will be closely tracking the impact live streaming video has on mobile networks. In the autumn we will be launching the Mobile Video Industry Council and the detailed findings will be discussed with the world’s leading operators. Watch this space for more details.”
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About the Research
The survey of subscribers’ mobile viewing habits for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was conducted in May 2018 by independent research agency Censuswide. They interviewed over 3,000 consumers in the UK, Spain and Germany. The research on the 2014 FIFA World Cup was conducted in May 2014 by Censuswide in the UK, Spain and Germany.
About Openwave Mobility
Openwave Mobility, an Enea company, empowers mobile operators to manage and monetize encrypted traffic. Based on the industry’s most scalable NFV platform, our solutions alleviate RAN congestion, create new revenue opportunities and unify subscriber data. The company provides solutions for mobile data optimization, targeted promotions and subscriber data management.
Enea develops the software foundation for the connected society. We supply open-source based NFVI software platforms, embedded DPI software, Linux and real-time operating systems, and professional services. Solution vendors, Systems Integrators, and Service Providers use Enea to create world-class networking products and services. More than 3 billion people around the globe already rely on Enea technologies in their daily lives. Enea is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.