Network end users to pull down 2 gigabytes a day, continuously?
jabley at ca.afilias.info
Tue Jan 9 16:01:39 UTC 2007
On 8-Jan-2007, at 22:26, Gian Constantine wrote:
> My contention is simple. The content providers will not allow P2P
> video as a legal commercial service anytime in the near future.
> Furthermore, most ISPs are going to side with the content providers
> on this one. Therefore, discussing it at this point in time is
> purely academic, or more so, diversionary.
There are some ISPs in North America who tell me that something like
80% of their traffic *today* is BitTorrent. I don't know how accurate
their numbers are, or whether those ISPs form a representative
sample, but it certainly seems possible that the traffic exists
regardless of the legality of the distribution.
If the traffic is real, and growing, the question is neither academic
However, if we close our eyes and accept for a minute that P2P video
isn't happening, and all growth in video over the Internet will be in
real-time streaming, then I think the future looks a lot more scary.
When TSN.CA streamed the World Junior Hockey Championship final via
Akamai last Friday, there were several ISPs in Toronto who saw their
transit traffic *double* during the game.
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