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Netflix now accounts for more peak-hour internet traffic than BitTorrent


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Broadband tech firm Sandvine has published its latest internet traffic trends report, revealing which services are hogging upstream and downstream bandwidth in North America. The intriguing finding: Netflix now accounts for 24.71% of aggregate traffic in peak hours, ahead of BitTorrent (17.23%) and YouTube (9.85%) with regular websites (HTTP) at 17.18%. When only downstream traffic is considered, Netflix takes a 29.7% share, ahead of HTTP (18.36%) and YouTube (11.04%). When it comes to upstream traffic in peak hours, BitTorrent accounts for 52.01% though. Sandvine has also published figures for the Netflix-less Europe, where BitTorrent is still the largest traffic hogger during peak hours with a 28.4% share, taking a whopping 59.68% share of upstream traffic. A stat that may well be brandished by rightsholders when seeking to persuade ISPs that it’s in their interest to take more action on this front. Source: TorrentFreak

 

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