Bittorrent traffic still high despite anti-piracy action

Even if the BitTorrent traffic in the United States has been sharply falling in the recent past with the sharing of the P2P apps reaching an all-time low of 12.7 %, the trend has not been noticed in the other parts of the world. The BitTorrent especially continues to surge in other regions such as the Asia-Pacific and the Europe region. The difference in these parts from the US can maybe be explained by the fact that there lacks a legal alternative.

Over the recent years there have been reports about changes in internet traffic especially those to do with the BitTorrent. One thing for sure is that the P2P and the Bittorrent traffic are losing their internet traffic share. In the case of the US, the Sandvine report confirmed the descending spiral by revealing that the traffic of the BitTorrent is now responsible for only 11.3% of the America’s internet traffic in the peak hours as compared to the last year when the figures stood at 17.3%. The decline of the BitTorrent traffic however, appears to be only in the US. When compared to the Europe region the BitTorrent traffic at the peak hours stands at 20.32% with another 9.39% added to the P2P by the eDonkey.

The P2P share traffic in the Europe region almost quadrupled in the last 18 months with the absolute traffic increase even being larger than that. The reason this is happening in other regions is mainly due to the challenges of geographical licensing which limit the accessibility of lawful services of Real-Time Entertainment. The Europe trend has also been observed similarly in Asia-Pacific region where during the peak hour of internet traffic, the BitTorrent accounts for an aggregate of 27.19%. Another 6.36% and 4.62% is added to the P2P total by the PPStream and the Chinese Thunder file-sharing client respectively.

The P2P protocol is thus still popular in the other parts of the world even as the BitTorrent traffic continues to steady even as its internet traffic share continues to drop. The only reasonable explanation to this seems to be the lack of any other legal alternatives. As it has already been reported, the most recent episodes of popular series for example the Game of Thrones are extensively pirated on the BitTorrent in many counties for example the Australia and the Netherlands among others. This has mainly been explained as due to delays in their airing.

In the US however it has been noted that the legal content availability in the recent past has continued to thrive. The Sandvine report also reported that a big percentage of the download during the peak hour comes from the subscribers of the Netflix. This thus seems to imply that when there are alternatives, the people are less likely to pirate. It has thus been realized that the peoples’ intention is not to steal the content but to consume it. Most of them want to access the content as easily as possible and also safely while online. The only solution is thus not to stop piracy but make it less attractive through providing access to the consumers on demand regardless of their location.