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P2P: eDonkey overtaking KaZaA outside North America; Gnutella 'all but gone'

Study says file sharing now an evolving, multi-application reality

Geneva, Switzerland and Waterloo, Ontario; October 14, 2003 - While FastTrack-based file sharing applications like KaZaA continue to dominate in North America, Europeans are evincing their own unique patterns and preferences, both in terms of their favorite peer-to-peer (P2P) clients and the types of content they choose to share.

A new study by Sandvine Incorporated shows that P2P is now a multi-application reality, debunking the presumed dominance of FastTrack across the globe.

"The file sharing 'marketplace' is really only a few years old, but it's changing rapidly and we're now seeing measurable divergences along geographic, even national lines." said Chris Colman, managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, of Sandvine Limited. "In the beginning there was only Napster. Today's file sharing environment is much more fragmented, with a varying proportional mix of current and emerging P2P applications dominating in each region."

In The United States and Canada, Sandvine's study shows that FastTrack-based applications like KaZaA still generate more than 76% of all P2P traffic -- more or less uniformly across the continent.

But in Europe, end user preferences tend to vary country-by-country, with FastTrack often playing second fiddle to newer applications like eDonkey. In Germany, for instance, eDonkey accounts for more than 52% of file sharing traffic VS. 44% for FastTrack.

Researchers were also surprised to note the near elimination of Gnutella-based applications as a significant driver of file-sharing traffic.

"If a wildly popular application like Gnutella can emerge and all but disappear in less than three years, it's certainly possible that FastTrack, too, could one day be headed for history's technology dustbin," added Sandvine's Colman.

WHITE PAPER: "Regional characteristics: P2P as a multi-protocol, multinational phenomenon," now available at

About Sandvine

Sandvine network equipment helps broadband service providers better manage the growing burden of peer-to-peer (P2P) activity while protecting subscribers and preserving the overall Internet experience. Sandvine Peer-to-Peer Policy Management helps service providers take control of P2P traffic, stop the proliferation of worms and achieve new operational efficiencies. Sandvine's Subscriber Services Cluster provides a platform for deployment of network-based anti-virus, firewall and content filtering services. Sandvine products are suitable for all broadband and narrowband networks, cable or DSL. To find out more, visit Sandvine online at

* 2003 World Communications Award Winner
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