P2P traffic is not cluttering the pipes yet

According to lightreading, P2P traffic is not hurting the major U.S networks at the moment. This was the conclusion of interviews with the leading technology executives from three of the four largest carriers in the U.S. At the same time it means that throttling BitTorrent, and other P2P traffic can not be justified at the moment.

Qwest CTO Pieter Poll told lightreading:

“I’m not convinced that it causes network congestion at this point, but clearly it has the potential to do that,”

He looked at Qwest’s peering points to get an idea of how much P2P traffic is on its networks. And, while he admits that it’s not an exact measurement of the P2P traffic load, he says the fears of network congestion are a little overblown.

“I… found that the traffic is well under what some in that industry say is happening. I mean, you hear claims of significant double-digit penetration of peer-to-peer traffic, and it was not near there,”


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