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Over 8 billion devices connected to the internet

And it's smartphones, not PCs that make up the bulk of that 8 billion devices.

By the end of 2015, there were 8.1 billion internet-connected, claims a report by IHS Technology.

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These devices consist of smartphones, tablets, PCs, TVs and TV-attached devices such as Apple TV and Chromecast, and audio devices. Averaged out across the globe, this works out at four devices per household.

Over 8 billion devices connected to the internet

The breakdown of those devices is also quite an eye-opener. Smartphones are without a doubt the dominant device, outnumbering PCs by about 1.8 to one, and outnumber tablets by around 4.6 to one.

Year-on-year, smartphones contribute roughly half a billion new devices to the market, and by 2020 they will outnumber tablets 10 to one.

"The proliferation of media-enabled connected endpoints has implications for media consumption, media production, broadband infrastructure, and the business itself of network management and traffic discrimination," said Merrick Kingston, principal analyst-connected home, at IHS Technology. "It drives media consumption, IP traffic and more."

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And it seems that some companies are managing to leverage this device landscape. For example, Netflix has secured a presence across 32 percent of connected devices in the US

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