The growth of total web traffic that travels between carriers slowed slightly in 2008, according to Arbor Networks, a company that sells deep packet inspection gear and other telecommunications equipment. Arbor passed along some data late yesterday as part of the launch of ATLAS (Active Threat Level Analysis System), its second-generation Internet threat assessment tool. ATLAS takes data from more than 100 ISPs around the world and uses that to track attacks, the rise of popular programs such as Adobe (s ADBE) Flash, and general traffic. Here are some tidbits:
Below is a slide of traffic patterns from various carriers. Tier 2 providers are typically regional carriers in the U.S. or a national carrier in Europe. They typically have a peak during average working hours, while MSOs, or cable providers, have a huge peak late at night. P2P file sharing perhaps?