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The 2016 US presidential election has become the largest news event ever delivered by Akamai Technologies.

election day nbc 10 nov 2016Live video traffic specific to the election peaked at 7.5Tbps on the Akamai Platform shortly before midnight Eastern Time on Election Day.

To put that into historical perspective, Election Day traffic on Akamai in 2004 peaked at a relatively modest 21Gbps. The 2009 Obama inauguration reached 1.1Tbps, and the Royal Wedding in 2011 hit 1.3Tbps. More recently, the first 2016 Presidential debate peaked at 4.4Tbps in September.

“In what has already been a record-setting year for live streaming with the European soccer finals, Rio and the recent Presidential debates, Akamai has again helped our customers deliver unprecedented levels of online video with last night’s election coverage,” said Bill Wheaton, EVP and GM of media at Akamai. “Not only are more people watching online in general, they’re watching at higher quality, which contributes to the increasingly higher peaks in traffic that we’re observing.”

Yesterday also marked the inauguration of Akamai’s Broadcast Operations Control Center (BOCC) in a Presidential election. Numerous customers took advantage of the dedicated facility, technical staff and services for real-time support and operational insight, the company said.