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Akamai Sees Five Times Increase in Web Traffic during Election Results

Election Commission of India and NDTV leveraged Akamai’s solutions to manage record traffic

Akamai Technologies has announced that traffic on its Intelligent Platform reached an all-time high in India on the day of the General election results.

The huge spike was driven by end-user demand for minute-by-minute updates on the results. Akamai saw five times increase in web traffic across all its media clients in India with the predominant traffic being on the websites of ECI and NDTV.

Akamai’s solutions, built on its Intelligent Platform, provided the reliability and scalability needed to support high levels of user traffic for ECI website on the day of the election results. ECI website (http://eci.nic.in/) recorded 450 million user hits in a single day and at peak offloaded 99 percent of its traffic on Akamai’s Intelligent Platform.

“On the day of the election results, we saw a massive spike in traffic on our website with 450 million hits, the largest ever online hits on our election site. Managing such high volumes of traffic on a single day requires a robust online infrastructure. With the support of Akamai, we were able to offload 99 percent of our traffic onto their platform and deliver a fast, reliable and seamless user experience. This has delighted our organization and helped us deliver a flawless online experience to the citizens of India,” said Dr. Alok Shukla, Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI.

“Information access has become instantaneous and the Internet is becoming the dominant source for consuming news. Our role in being able to deliver the results for the election online further shows the strength of our global Intelligent Platform,” said Sidharth Malik, MD and VP (India), Akamai Technologies.

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