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April 12, 2019
Cloud gaming could account for half of 5G traffic

Video traffic management outfit Openwave Mobility chatted to some operators and they reckon cloud gaming will account for 25-50% of 5G traffic.

The anecdotal finding was arrived at during a livecast hosted by Openwave, which was apparently attended by a bunch of operators. Most of them, we’re told, believe cloud gaming could represent 25% to 50% of 5G data traffic by 2022. This assumption was heavily influenced by observing the trajectory of the cloud gaming industry in general.

“The recent emergence of cloud gaming platforms including Google Stadia, Apple Arcade, Microsoft xCloud and Snap Games has not escaped the attention of the operator community,” said John Giere, CEO of Openwave Mobility. “OTT players have ambitious plans to become the ‘Netflix for gaming’, hosting libraries of thousands of instantly accessible games that, ultimately, will consume three to four times the amount of bandwidth on 5G networks, compared to standard definition video traffic. Needless to say this will impact mobile operator data strategies.

“While 5G network rollouts are still in their infancy, OTTs are already planning Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality services, in addition to cloud gaming. Combined with the expected continued growth of streaming video, these services will rapidly eat into the additional bandwidth provisions of 5G.”

While still in its early stages, the potential for cloud gaming does seem huge. At the very least, being able to offload the processing of gaming to the cloud will open up a new generation of thin client devices. On top of that there are things like mobile MMOs, augmented reality and virtual reality, all of which will rely not just on the increase bandwidth of 5G but crucially the low latency characteristics. So while this straw poll is hardly definitive, it’s easy to imagine cloud gaming exploding in the 5G era.

Tax Authorities (CRA & IRS) Predicted Spike In Personal Usage – Video Games To Account For 50% Of 5G Traffic

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) knew what was really going on around usage of smartphones.

We’ve been advising the business community and their employees that tax authorities viewed the corporate provided phone as a taxable perk.

We were slightly surprised by this statistic; but what we don’t debate is the cold hard reality that today on average 70% of the usage and cost of a smartphone is demonstrably personal.

We’ve also said that this trend will only get worse over time; as the precedent has been set : Faster high speed internet = Consumption of data grows orders of magnitude the rate of speed increase.

mobilityView believes that a 5G smartphone user will average 93% personal usage and cost.

It’s why the IRS now (effective January 1st, 2018) forbids an employer to claim 100% of the cellphone bills (plan & hardware) as a company expense for tax purposes. Only the documented business usage with substantiation down to the individual call, individual SMS and individual packet of Data may be deducted from corporate taxes.

For the CRA there was a reason why they started December 2017 requiring that every employer calculate the personal usage and cost for each employee…

Looks like there is some method to their madness

Cloud gaming could account for half of 5G traffic