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Summary:

Broadband geeks don’t have to look to the stars any longer to guess how much of Europe’s bandwidth is generated by BitTorrent and how SIP is faring against Skype on the continent. Ipoque’s new Internet Observatory offers real-time traffic data for these and other trends.

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A new website dubbed the Internet Observatory, from German traffic management company Ipoque,  offers real-time insights into what Internet users are doing online at any given time.

The idea behind the Internet Observatory, unveiled at the Broadband World Forum in Paris on Tuesday, is to show continent by continent how much traffic is caused by P2P; how Skype traffic fares against SIP traffic; and which Instant Messaging client generates the most traffic. The project is currently restricted to statistics from Europe, but real-time data for other continents as well as more in-depth statistics about each continent should to added soon, according to Ipoque.

Even with its limited geographic scope, the site already reveals some interesting trends. Did you know, for example, that P2P is still more popular than media streaming in Europe? And that 97 percent of that P2P traffic comes from BitTorrent?

The Internet Observatory is a follow-up project to Ipoque’s yearly Internet studies, and the data is compiled with the help of Ipoque’s partners and clients. Part of the data is contributed to a project sponsored by the European Commission.

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  1. Katie @ Women’s Magazine Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    “Need to know” – mother of all inventions. I wonder where this will all end. Real time traffic trends, real time visitors etc. etc.

  2. Wow that’s really interesting – quite shocked by the level of P2P traffic

  3. In instant messaging, the chart shows QQ as the largest followed by IRC/Oscar/MSN/Jabber. QQ is Chinese messenger if memory serves me correct, and they have such a large share in Europe? Am I missing something here. Also what about other services like Yahoo Messenger/Gtalk etc?

  4. P2P traffic is so high in Europe because content providers have been so much slower here in offering streaming. Will they learn from this, or continue making the same mistakes while bleating about piracy?

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