Akamai, the Boston-based content delivery network, said today that demand for Internet services around the World Cup doubled over demand in 2006 during certain peak times.   

The busiest time for traffic was on June 24 for the Italy vs. Slovakia competition, the company says.

Akamai streamed video for 24 broadcasters into 65 nations.

Earlier this year in Las Vegas at the NAB conference, we spoke with Akamai's Suzanne Johnson about the industry trend around HD video consumption.  We republished this video today.

Andy Plesser, Managing Editor