I have talked about North America and Europe in my previous posts, but have not spent much time on Asia yet. Although Procera does not have as much coverage throughout Asia as we have in North America or Europe, some interesting tidbits have fallen out of some of our fixed and mobile deployments. APAC is a very good example of the network version of “All Politics is Local”, as what is happening in one network has no relationship to another network. General trends are great to know, but operators will find that their subscriber’s behavior does not always match the “Internet Trends”.1. On a fixed line network in an APAC country with a very active Olympics team, the volume of P2P traffic is up at the Internet peering point. However, the change is mainly in P2P Streaming applications, and the change from normal is entirely in the upload bandwidth. The upload bandwidth means that people are sharing video streams rather than just downloading them, and this spike is statistically significant, as shown in Figure 1. The most popular applications were Funshion, QVOD, PPFilm, TVU Player, and SopCast, all of which are popular P2P Video sharing applications. The interesting takeaway is that since this traffic is measured at the peering point exiting the country, the video streams are likely being consumed by people that do not have the same level of access to the broadcast or streaming video as in the originating country (re-enforcing the importance for content providers to find legitimate delivery mechanisms for their content).

 

2. In this same country, video traffic, just as we saw in some networks in North America, dipped on Sunday, but the climb back to normal levels was not as quick (as shown in Figure 2). However, by the end of the week, the traffic levels were above normal, as people not only returned to video streaming, but increased their consumption. The spike in video was attributed almost completely to Flash Video traffic from YouTube (which just happens to stream the Olympics for this country for the IOC. The drop in streaming was HTTP Media streams, which are popular for the IOS-based products from Apple (that do not run Flash). This likely indicates that people were not using those mobile devices as much for streaming, but were instead watching broadcast or P2P video on other devices.

 

3. In the “no news is good news” category, another APAC mobile operator has seen no real change in usage since the start of the Olympics. This country is not as active in the Olympics as the country discussed above, so it is likely that the viewing is small enough to not encourage users that are not already video or social networking inclined to take to their mobile devices for Olympics updates. Levels of video streaming, P2P, and web browsing are all within normal volumes.

 

4. In general, P2P Olympic event “availability” has grown as the Olympics has gone on. This is not a surprise, but the big events with high seeding activity (with more than 100 seeds reporting into the main torrent indexes) online include basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and the Opening Ceremonies are also the ones that you would expect people to want to download and archive for future viewing or are high profile events that people may have missed in real-time.

We will continue to hunt for interesting tidbits and report when we find them!

 

 

Figure 1: P2P traffic on Selected Fixed APAC Network

Figure 2: Video Streaming on Selected Fixed APAC Network