New ipoque Survey Confirms the Continuing Boom of P2P File Sharing

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P2P traffic generated by Internet file sharing is still on the rise in Germany. ipoque, provider of solutions for Internet traffic management and analysis, has conducted a survey on user behavior in the most popular file sharing networks during the last six months.

P2P traffic generated by Internet file sharing is still on the rise in Germany. ipoque, provider of solutions for Internet traffic management and analysis, has conducted a survey on user behavior in the most popular file sharing networks during the last six months. The survey contains facts on the overall development of P2P traffic and detailed information on the type and amount of shared content. While current movies, music and computer games are still the most popular files, e-books and audio books have gained a high popularity too. Also, pornographic content still has a significant share.

Depending on time of day, P2P traffic uses a share of 30% (daytime) and 70% (nighttime) of the overall Internet traffic in Germany. The absolute data volume has risen by 10% between June and October 2006. BitTorrent has surpassed eDonkey as the most popular file sharing network and causes more than half of all P2P traffic in Germany. Both networks generate over 95% of the P2P traffic and have nearly displaced previously popular networks such as Kazaa's FastTrack.

Videos by a wide margin generate most traffic

The survey is based on analysis of anonymous Internet traffic data collected at network level. The data represent about 100,000 households in Germany. The attached diagram shows the content distribution for BitTorrent in Germany in October 2006. As BitTorrent has been optimized for sharing large files, its traffic is dominated by videos and large software packages.

Wide spectrum: all media type are affected by file sharing

By looking at the number of shared files it becomes apparent, that small-volume content types such as e-books are massively shared, too. Music, movies, pornography and TV-series are the most often shared content types for BitTorrent. eDonkey's relative number of pornographic files is at 30% about twice as high as for BitTorrent.

Prediction: growing burden of Internet traffic by P2P usage

The ipoque survey proves the continuing popularity if Internet file sharing. Despite the many past campaigns by copyright holders, P2P usage has even grown. With BitTorrent, a file sharing technology has been established that allows for virtually unlimited distribution of large media content. Thus, ipoque predicts a growing burden of the German Internet by P2P usage for the near future.

This is only a short excerpt from the survey. An extended abstract is available at http://www.ipoque.com. The survey with much more detailed statistics based on traffic data collect mainly in Germany, but also in Europe, can we requested from info@ipoque.com.

About ipoque

ipoque has been founded in Leipzig, Germany, in the beginning of 2005. The company specializes in professional solutions for application- and user-aware traffic management and analysis. Its line of hardware traffic managers for Gigabit and Fast Ethernet allows an effective control of undesired network applications. These include file sharing in

peer-to-peer networks (P2P), instant messaging (IM) and Voice over IP (VoIP) including the popular Skype. In addition to the bandwidth management, all network traffic can be captured and analyzed in real-time. ipoque offers its customers consultancy services and the development of individual traffic management and analysis solutions based on its standard products. ipoque's customers comprise enterprises of all sizes, public and educational institutions and Internet service providers. More information at http://www.ipoque.com.

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