P2P Doesn't Account For Most Net Traffic, Thanks To YouTube
from the fun-with-statistics dept
An exec from NBC Universal recently made the claim that P2P activity accounted for 60-70% of all internet traffic as part of a comment saying the FCC should force ISPs to police their networks for copyrighted content that’s being illegally shared. Such claims aren’t new, and are often trotted out by ISPs complaining that bandwidth hogs are bogging down their networks, even though it certainly appears that they’re overstating the problem. In any case, a new study from a maker of deep packet inspection gear (the stuff ISPs use to monitor and filter traffic on their networks) says that HTTP has surpassed P2P as the most prevalent type of traffic, thanks largely to YouTube. The study says that site now accounts for 10 percent of all traffic on the net, and has boosted HTTP traffic to now account for 46% of all traffic, with P2P responsible for just 37%. While these figures might undermine the contention that the bulk of internet traffic is for P2P sharing, it’s unlikely they’ll temper calls from certain ISPs to choke certain kinds of traffic based either on its content or who’s sending it.