P2P accounts for more than half of ISP upstream traffic

October 26th, 2010 at 11:01 AM  No Comments

Sandvine has released a report outlining what exactly is using all the bandwidth from major ISPs around the world. If you through services like iTunes were curbing the use of P2P networks for downloading content then you’re sadly mistaken.

Sandvine’s research reveals that on an average day, 53.3% of all upstream traffic can be attributed to P2P applications.

In addition:

  • The Asia-Pacific region ramps up their Internet usage at 5 a.m. and their median monthly data consumption is close to 12 gigabytes per household compared to 4 gigabytes in North America. In North America the average time a fixed connection is active is 3 hours, whereas in Asia-Pacific it’s closer to 5.5 hours.
  • In the United States, Netflix represents more than 20 percent of downstream traffic during peak times and is heaviest between 8-10 p.m.
  • P2P is less dominant on the downstream side. It is currently at 13.2%, following real time entertainment (45.7%) and web browsing (24.3%).

via TorrentFreak