Just yesterday, I wrote You Mark These Words: YouTube Traffic Will Surpass P2P Traffic
And now today, it has come true:
HTTP Traffic Overtakes P2P, Courtesy of YouTube
A recent study shows that YouTube is responsible for nearly 10% of all Internet traffic. As a result of the increased popularity of YouTube and other video streaming sites, HTTP traffic now generates more traffic than P2P, for the first time since 2002.
The data gathered by Ellacoya, a company that offers broadband service optimization solutions for IP networks, shows that 46% of all Internet traffic is generated by HTTP traffic, compared to 37% by P2P.
In comparison, two years ago, 65% of all the data sent over the Internet was P2P related. However, that soon changed after the big boom of video streaming services. Unfortunately there is no data on the total growth of Internet traffic, but it is likely that P2P traffic is still growing, only not relative to HTTP traffic.
I trust TorrentFreak to have the correct data. Unlike those filthy crooked bastards of NBC Universal.