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[bitTech] 45% of all traffic is P2P, say Sandvine

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Peer-to-peer file sharing may be more of a drain on ISPs than previously realised if figures released yesterday are accurate.




Ars Technica quotes a report issued by broadband equipment vendor Sandvine which states that traffic from peer-to-peer file sharing networks accounts for 35.6 percent of all data downloaded over the Internet in the United States. This contrasts with regular web surfing and streaming media usage, which suck up 31.6 percent and 17.9 percent respectively. Unsurprisingly, the figures are even more damning for upstream data transfer where P2P accounts for a massive 75 percent, meaning that BitTorrent and associated protocols account for nearly half of all traffic whizzing across the 'net at any given time.

Before taking any of the figures quoted too seriously, however, it's important to consider the source: Sandvine sells equipment designed to detect, throttle, and even block peer-to-peer traffic. In other words, it's good PR if ISPs can cut their bandwidth bills in half.

The figures are missing one important distinction, too: they don't split the P2P usage into 'legitimate' and 'illegitimate'. Data transferred whilst downloading the latest Hollywood blockbuster is counted alongside the bits shuffled in order to get the latest World of Warcraft patch or Linux distribution. Although it's a good advert for the money an ISP can save using 'traffic management' equipment from Sandvine, the figures don't indicate how many customers are going to be peed off that their legitimate downloads are being filtered.

With more and more companies choosing to leverage the scalability of peer-to-peer protocols like BitTorrent, it's an issue that ISPs are going to have to consider long and hard. Filtering out the pirates while keeping the good guys is likely to be tougher than anyone rea

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Yes, and those P2P users are the ones who actually pay for broadband internet instead of dial-up, or choose the higher speed (and more expensive) broadband options. ISPs make a lot of money off so-called "pirates".

Also, as more things are offered in streaming format, P2P traffic will go down since it will be just as easy to view things the legitimate way. Half of torrents are TV shows after all.
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I don't see any grounds for ISPs to be complaining. So what that some people use a lot of bandwidth while others hardly use any? All of that is regulated by contract, you don't get more bandwidth than specified. It's like you can use the whole bandwidth specified in your contract, but you're not supposed to.

It's probable that they contracted more bandwidth that they can provide and they where hoping people wouldn't be using as much, because otherwise they'd be in trouble. However that means they better make some investments in their infrastructure and not come after the consumers with penalties and such just so they can save face by saying they're promoting fair usage.
Edited by XenoRad - 6/25/08 at 6:22am
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Hi, here's your 20/10 line, have fun.

Oh, you're actually going to use it? Oh darn. We better cap you.

Screw that.

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Also, as more things are offered in streaming format, P2P traffic will go down since it will be just as easy to view things the legitimate way. Half of torrents are TV shows after all.
I'd rather use legitimate torrents than stream 1080p or 720p. CBS has already begun using torrents for their shows (they even uploaded the torrent themselves to popular pirate trackers), so why can't everyone else? Works fine for Blizzard.
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If i can't download stuff for free, does this mean Pirates must hit the streets and start stealing from shops instead?
    
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makes sense for upload, download is a bit of a surprise.
    
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