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EDonkey - Still King of P2P in France and Germany

BitTorrent continues to dominate in North America and the UK

Basingstoke, UK; September 13, 2005 – A recent study conducted by intelligent broadband network equipment maker Sandvine, confirms that eDonkey continues to be king of P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing networks in France and Germany while BitTorrent remains dominant in the UK and North America.

P2P file sharing is a worldwide phenomenon that continues to evolve and take on new followers.   In Europe, upstream traffic represents up to 85% of all bandwidth consumed on broadband provider networks.  Downstream P2P traffic represents about 60% of all bandwidth consumed.  File sharing in the UK and North America consume about 48% of total bandwidth on the downstream and 76% on the upstream. 

“P2P file sharing is here to stay,” said Chris Colman, managing director of EMEA marketing and sales.  “P2P file sharing is a valuable subscriber application.  Broadband service providers need to have visibility into these popular subcriber applications so they can reduce congestion in the network and ensure their subscribers’ quality of experience.“

When it comes to P2P file sharing, the French vault their way to the top with an impressive 90% on the upload, at all hours of a 24-hour day and 85% on the download.  In Germany, upstream usage hits the charts at 83% with the downstream at 65%.

Edonkey is the preferred application in France and Germany, garnering about 50% of all P2P traffic on both the upstream and downstream, ahead of BitTorrent with 26%.  The remaining players, Gnutella, FastTrack, WinMX, and Direct Connect each capture less than 10% of the remaining share.

In Germany, Edonkey handles about 72% of all file-sharing traffic, while BitTorrent consumes about 16% of traffic.  Edonkey captures 80% of all French P2P traffic with BitTorrent trailing behind FastTrack and Gnutella.

“After the legal claims from the film industry earlier in the year, there was a slight mass market blip in BitTorrent usage, but it’s on the rise again as more sites have emerged.  We are also seeing an increase in legitimate file sharing with open source software distribution and paid download sites,” added Chris Colman.

BitTorrent continues to dominate both in the UK and North America with 36% and 48% respectively.  These two regions see a more diversified mix of P2P protocols including eDonkey, FastTrack, WinMX, Direct Connect, and Ares.

“Broadband service providers need to understand their subscribers’ usage behaviour to relieve congestion in the network, and meet the needs of their subscribers while enhancing their quality of experience,” said Lindsay Schroth, senior analyst, broadband access technologies, Yankee Group.

For this study, Sandvine gathered data across a select sample of broadband service provider networks representing over 20 million subscribers worldwide.  Sandvine intelligent broadband network solutions gives service providers tools to identify threats and emerging applications, reduce network congestion, protect subscribers, their applications, and enhance subscriber quality of experience (QoE).

ABOUT SANDVINE INCORPORATED

Sandvine’s award-winning intelligent broadband network equipment helps broadband service providers characterize what really happens on their networks, enabling policies that improve customer satisfaction, reduce operational costs and improve profitability. Sandvine’s application and subscriber-aware solutions empower service providers to take control of P2P traffic, stop the proliferation of destructive worm, DoS and spam Trojan traffic and ensure subscriber quality of experience (QoE). With over 100 deployments globally, Sandvine is protecting the Internet experience for millions of broadband subscribers worldwide. www.sandvine.com

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