Keynote Webcast Major Event

Even though the MACWORLD Expo keynote was almost a week ago, the buzz is still strong surrounding the landmark Apple event. Nearly 5,000 people saw the keynote speech live, with nearly 100,000 web visitors watching the event remotely using Appleis QuickTime technology, and taking advantage of high bandwidth power providing by Akamai. This marks one of the largest webcast events in history. According to Apple:

Apple® and Akamai today announced that the webcast of the Macworld Expo keynote delivered by Steve Jobs this week set new Internet records for the delivery of content at broadband rates. More than 6 terabytes of content were served during the one and a half hour webcast, which attracted more than 95,000 unique web visitors. During the peak of the webcast, more than 4.3 gigabits per second of video were streamed at broadband rates to more than 21,000 simultaneous viewers, including 5,000 visitors who watched 1 megabit-per-second (Mbps) streams.

During the keynote, Jobs unveiled Apple’s entirely new line of desktops including the revolutionary Power Mac™ G4 Cube, an all-new iMac™ family and dual-processor Power Mac G4s. The webcast at attracted more than 400,000 hits in all and delivered the equivalent of 67,000 hours of content.

The keynote was streamed over Apple’s QuickTime™ TV (QTV) network, which delivers broadcast quality and reliability and includes Apple’s QuickTime 4 player, and was delivered by Akamai’s FreeFlowSM Streaming service and global network.

Akamai’s scalable network architecture enabled streams ranging from 28 K— to 1 Mbps. Akamai’s Web traffic Reporter tool calculated the record-breaking data in real-time, monitoring all activity during the event.

You can find more information about Apple and Akamai at their web sites.