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Mountain Cablevision selects Sandvine Peer-To-Peer Policy Management

Fast, straightforward deployment yields dramatic results while safeguarding subscribers’ online experience

Atlanta, Georgia and Hamilton, Ontario – June 3, 2003: Today at SUPERCOMM 2003, Sandvine announced that Mountain Cablevision has selected Sandvine Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Policy Management to govern the impact of file-sharing traffic on its network.

Prior to engaging with Sandvine, the 38,000-subscriber MSO (11,000 High-Speed Internet) had been experiencing significant network and operational costs resulting from the explosion in P2P traffic – problems that were worsening with each passing week.

After a brief, hassle-free deployment, Sandvine was able to demonstrate that its cost-effective approach could quickly hand the reins of P2P traffic over to Mountain network managers. Results from live trials were immediate and dramatic, and achieved by adding Peer-To-Peer Policy Management as an organic extension to the service provider’s existing broadband infrastructure.

Studies show that peer-to-peer file sharing programs like KaZaA and Morpheus are eating-up more than 70% of the available network capacity on residential broadband networks. Yet service providers who have deployed Sandvine technology report that they can reduce the impact of file sharing to such an extent, P2P-related traffic ceases to be a significant drag on network costs.

“Over the past year, Mountain Cablevision’s Network Technicians have evaluated several Peer to Peer control devices.  The Sandvine unit stood out due to the unique way it manages P2P traffic. Our need to leash file-swapping’s impact in a way that protected our subscribers online experience was central to the decision to choose Sandvine technology,” said Bruce Marshall, Technical Director of Mountain Cablevision. “The Sandvine unit integrates easily with our existing infrastructure, and their approach dramatically improves our ability to control the cost-impact of P2P on the network. At the same time, it respects our broadband customers’ expectations of quality and consistency.”

“Mountain’s Network Technician’s were impressed with the knowledge of the Sandvine Engineers and the willingness they showed in fine-tuning the device to optimize performance,” he added.

About Sandvine Peer-To-Peer Policy Management

Sandvine’s Peer-To-Peer Policy Management solution is enabled by the PPE 8200, a carrier-grade 1RU that reduces the cost of file sharing using three distinct strategies: the logical reorganization of network topology, the redirection of search queries and the reduction of P2P protocol “chatter.” Sandvine’s patented technology allows the PPE to statefully inspect and redirect. Subscribers experience zero degradation of their online experience. Service providers experience a sharp improvement in bandwidth utilization and associated costs. More information available at

** Sandvine P2P Policy Management was recently awarded the 2003 “Readers’ Choice Award” from Communications Technology magazine. **

About Mountain Cablevision

Mountain Cablevision has been on the leading edge of Internet and cable television technology for over 40 years. Based in Hamilton, Ontario -- the hub of Canada’s Golden Horseshoe economic region -- Mountain has built and developed a state-of-the-art fibre-optic network that delivers Internet connection speeds up to 100 times faster than traditional telephone modem connections. Mountain provides residential broadband access; and Internet and data solutions to business customers across the Hamilton metropolitan area. From its founding in 1959, Mountain Cablevision has grown from a few hundred to over 38,000 customers. Visit Mountain online at

About Sandvine

Sandvine’s award-winning network equipment helps service providers better manage the growing burden of peer-to-peer (P2P) activity while building more profitable relationships with their subscribers. To reduce network costs, Sandvine Peer-to-Peer Policy Management helps service providers take control of P2P traffic and achieve new operational efficiencies. To improve revenues, Sandvine's Subscriber Services Cluster provides a platform for easy deployment of network-based anti-virus, firewall and content filtering services to residential Internet subscribers. Sandvine products are suitable for all broadband and narrowband networks, cable or DSL. To find out more, visit Sandvine online at


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