LimeWire ordered to shutdown operations

October 26th, 2010 at 5:59 PM  3 Comments

Easing the minds of network and content providers around the world, the U.S District Court in New York has issued a order for LimeWire to immediately cease operations, granting a request by the Recording Industry Artists of America (RIAA).

Users of the LimeWire client software will immediately be notified within the client that it will no longer function.

Network administrators everywhere breathed a sigh of relief, but their packet shapers can only relax for about three days, as their less technically savvy users are now trying to figure out how to use BitTorrent.


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