Light Reading

Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube

Light Reading
News Analysis
Light Reading
1/29/2007
50%
50%

For the first time in years, peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing isn't eating as much network bandwidth as video sharing and other types of Internet traffic, say two equipment vendors whose products help carriers manage and monitor bandwidth usage. (See Deep Packet Inspection .)

Ellacoya Networks Inc. , which sampled about 2 million broadband customer connections, reports that Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP) traffic now uses 39 percent of network bandwidth in the networks it monitors, while P2P traffic uses only 37 percent.

Sandvine Inc. (London: SAND; Toronto: SVC), which sampled some 2.7 million broadband hookups, came back with results similar to Ellacoya's. Sandvine reports HTTP traffic now uses 38 percent of network bandwidth in North American networks, while P2P usage has fallen to 36 percent.

The rise in HTTP traffic is attributable to the popularity of video sharing services like Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Video, YouTube Inc. , and others. As people watch streaming video over the Internet, those videos are typically coming "live" from a central, managed server, as opposed to a network peer. In fact, YouTube's packets make up 4 percent of the HTTP traffic, Ellacoya says, or 2 percent of total network bandwidth use. (See Google on YouTube: It'll Ad Up .)

"We saw an obvious rise in overall Web traffic and a rise in HTTP video streaming as a second aspect," says Fred Sammartino, Ellacoya's VP of marketing. "Video trumps everything because it is ten times or a hundred times bigger than images."

Ellacoya's survey found that BitTorrent remains the most popular P2P file type used in most North American networks, followed by file types used by services such as Gnutella (Limewire) and eMule. (See BitTorrent Video Store Delayed and Nokia Tackles P2P Traffic.)

— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading

(11)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Honestly
50%
50%
Honestly,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:42 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
Carriers are also blocking P2P traffic and video streaming of legal content is growing. What happens when illegal uploads on Google/YouTube when YouTube contributes to Google revenue.? Google will pay big time, but agreed http streams are the way.
shaggy
50%
50%
shaggy,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:41 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
I guess being touched by YouTube is better than being touched by the Noodly appendage......
lighten up!!
50%
50%
lighten up!!,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:40 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
How are they going to deliver IPTV??? Applications and content is growing faster than what operators can deliver in terms of bandwidth and QoS. Internet congestion is already a reality after 4:00 p.m. when school kids come home. Where's Al Gore when you need him???
Mark Sullivan
50%
50%
Mark Sullivan,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:40 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
I'm told that almost nobody is actually blocking P2P traffic. Rather, carriers are shifting P2P activity to off-hours when the network has bandwidth to spare.
OldPOTS
50%
50%
OldPOTS,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:40 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
QoS is not far behind, rather than bigger pipes in the backbone, those BW free type.

But TWC has figured out a better QoS solution. They just slow down the name server process. Click on a URL and wait. Like almost a minute for me. They need to verify?

OP
slickmitzy
50%
50%
slickmitzy,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:39 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
Mark,

And how do you think the carriers "shift" that traffic to off peak hours?

This is clean talking that actually referrs to time of day traffic shaping. It means that during peak hours they choke p2p traffic (not blocking it completly but rather slowing it down significantly).

BTW - I think it's fair enough deal, as p2p application are not (yet) interactive applications .
jepovic
50%
50%
jepovic,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:38 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
I don't think major carriers do traffic shaping on applications. It's expensive equipment and not worth the money.
Mark Sullivan
50%
50%
Mark Sullivan,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:35 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
Yes, I see what you mean. That "shifting" term makes it sound more harmless than it actually is. Sounds like I fell victim to a little "marketing speak." I'll do my best not to repeat things like that in these pages.
PO
50%
50%
PO,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:34 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
"BTW - I think it's fair enough deal, as p2p application are not (yet) interactive applications ."

Surely someone does online gaming (many of which use p2p technologies). I've heard it's really quite popular. And for a carrier to tell their customers what time of day they're allowed to do online gaming seems a bit odd at best. Do they also dictate what time you're allowed to use the bathtub?

More distressing is the thought that YouTube is using HTTP as their transport protocol for content, rather than more robust protocols which could "restart" stalled transfers, etc.
alchemy
50%
50%
alchemy,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:15:33 PM
re: Surveys: Internet Traffic Touched by YouTube
lighten up!! writes:
How are they going to deliver IPTV??? Applications and content is growing faster than what operators can deliver in terms of bandwidth and QoS. Internet congestion is already a reality after 4:00 p.m. when school kids come home. Where's Al Gore when you need him???

YouTube is a Cisco conspiracy to force everybody to forklift upgrade their routers. In cable, more Cisco CMTSs get sold as the MSOs do node splits. Al Gore should go buy some Cisco stock.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
Between the CEOs
Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

9|2|15   |   11:27   |   (3) comments


Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Nominum on Leveraging the Power of DNS to Deliver Superior Subscriber Experiences

9|2|15   |   07:13   |   (0) comments


Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
CEO Chat With Bill Gates
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
Carolina Town Becomes First US 10-Gig City
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/3/2015
Eurobites: Anite in OSS Tie-Up With Nokia
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 9/4/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.
The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
Cats with Phones
It's a New Age... Click Here
When smartphones replace stuffed animals.