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Dutch Don’t P2P As Much

Dirk van der Woude, my unofficial correspondent from Netherlands, just emailed me an interesting link from Planet.NL’s news service. Peter Olsthoorn, editor of the news service went to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (by some counts the world’s largest IX, last month they broke the 100 Gb/s barrier). Olsthoorn wanted to know from the 350 odd ISP-members of AIX what kind of web activity was responsible for what percentage of their traffic, and found interesting data.

  • Web & mail: 48 %
  • Usenet: 19 %
  • Streaming audio & video: 14 %
  • P2P: 13 %
  • VoIP 3 %
  • Gaming: 4 %

The most notable piece of data is that P2P accounted for only 13% of all traffic. It might seem that this information is in conflict with Cachelogic’s data which says that over 67% of webinternet traffic is peer-to-peer.

However, the 13% P2P usage actually syncs up with the traffic patterns as tracked by Cachelogic. Cachelogic data shows that the peer-to-peer traffic is very high in the US, China, Japan, South Korea, Germany and United Kingdom, but is pretty nominal in other countries.

5 Responses to “Dutch Don’t P2P As Much”

  1. Om, While AMS-IX is located in Amsterdam, it is much more than just Dutch eyeballs. AMS-IX is a great first stop for collocating Usenet server cluster in the EU. Within an 1000 kilometer radius of Amsterdam reside over 200 million habitants. What is the population of the Netherlands? 16.4 Million.

    The Dutch are big usenet users. WE at Giganews.com joke that the Dutch are such BIG usenet users that they must be backing up their hard drives each night to giganews’ usenet servers in AMS-IX before they go to bed :-)

    Joking aside, broadband is driving usenet to new heights. The 19% figure for usenet traffic through AMS-IX is not an exaggeration. The Giganews Usenet cluster at AMS-IX alone pumps over 10% of the 120 Gbps AMS-IX traffic. Giganews.com is nt the only usenet provider at AMS-IX.

  2. Jesse Kopelman

    Well, having legal drugs and prostitution makes computerized illicit activities far less appealing . . . Perhaps, the RIAA and MPAA need to push to legalize prostitution (they don’t want to get into a fight with the pharmacueticals over drugs).