Traffic to Bit Torrent sites was up 40 percent in North America during the first half of this year, according to a new report from Sandvine. The report found that upstream to Bit Torrent sites represents 36.8 percent of Web traffic. To put this in perspective, Skype and NetFlix combined represent a little more than 10 percent of upstream traffic.
However the “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2012“ report points out, “the application continues to exhibit a steady downward trend in overall traffic share, declining to 10.31% of total peak traffic from being 11.30% a half a year ago.” Still app developers should be concerned about traffic to Bit Torrent sites, as the distribution of illegal copies of copyrighted apps can be a problem on these sites. (In fact, in 2012 the Department of Justice launched its first investigation into app piracy.) Read more