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Mu Dynamics Reveals Skype on Mac (OS X) Costs at Least 28% More for Consumers and Operator Networks Than on iPhone, iPad, Android, or PC

November 7, 2011

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mu Dynamics, Inc. (www.mudynamics.com), the leader in validating and testing application-aware networks, today announced the availability of its third Application Quadrant: “Understanding the Impact to Consumers and Network Operators of Different Mobile Devices Using Skype.” In this report, Mu Dynamics analyzed the Skype service, taking a deeper look at the impact that Skype has on bandwidth and network resources for consumers and network operators depending on the mobile device they are using. To download a free copy of the Application Quadrant report, click here.

The number of Skype users continues to rise at a rapid rate. In 2010 there were more than 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations between the 170 million connected Skype users. According to Sandvine, Skype ranks fourth in North America by peak period fixed access upstream application traffic by bytes.

Primary research conducted by Mu Dynamics focused on the Skype service to analyze whether the choice of platform (i.e., operating system or device type) for voice calls and instant messaging impacts the network significantly for either consumers or network operators. The company tested a variety of platforms and devices in this Application Quadrant report including the iPad, iPhone 4 (running iOS 4), Android (Sprint Nexus S 4G), MacBook (Mac OS X 10.6) and PC (Windows 7).

The application quadrant revealed the following:

  • Skype for voice calls on a Mac (OS X) will consume at least 28% more bandwidth and network resources than an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or PC.
  • Skype for instant messaging on a Mac (OS X) will consume at least 30% more network resources than an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or PC.
  • Skype for instant messaging on an iPad will consume at least 39% more bandwidth than an iPhone, Android phone, MacBook or PC.

This can help inform and encourage collaboration between application developers, device manufacturers and service providers to help make applications more network-friendly, to minimize the network impact while ensuring the best end-user experience.

“As the number of bandwidth-intensive mobile applications continues to expand at record pace, operators are faced with the challenge of balancing that bandwidth and the associated network resources that devices use to support them,” said Dave Kresse, Mu Dynamics chief executive officer. “Over 30 million Skype users today are online at peak times and with so many people using the service simultaneously, bandwidth and resources can be strained to cripple other applications and services. By using Mu Studio Performance to rapidly test real application performance, operators can better understand how services such as Skype impact the network based on the various devices.”

About Mu Dynamics:

Mu Dynamics is the leading provider of testing solutions ensuring the performance and security of both applications and network infrastructure. The company’s innovative solutions enable customers to confidently meet the challenges posed by today’s rapidly changing networks. This includes the ever-growing number of applications and devices on the network, and the swift transition to mobile, virtual and cloud environments. Hundreds of service providers, enterprises, application developers and network equipment manufacturers count on its purpose-built testing solutions, like Mu Studio, to ensure their applications and networks are scalable and secure. Mu Dynamics is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

SOURCE Mu Dynamics, Inc.

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