Sandvine Incorporated

Sandvine Incorporated

October 21, 2008 07:00 ET

Sandvine Releases Global Internet Traffic Trends Report

Online Entertainment Applications Dominate Peak Evening Hours

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2008) -

Attention Technology Editors

Sandvine, (TSX:SVC)(AIM:SAND) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for DSL, cable, FTTx, fixed wireless and mobile operators, today released a global Internet traffic trends report based on millions of subscribers from around the world.

Report findings include real proof of the inevitable shift in consumer behavior as online entertainment-based applications such as gaming, video streaming, social networking and VoIP communications dominate peak evening hours between 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. These real-time, interactive applications increase up to 50 per cent per subscriber during the peak evening hours.

"Our research implies that families are spending more of their leisure time during evening hours on Internet-based entertainment and communication such as YouTube, Xbox Live and Skype," said Dave Caputo, Sandvine co-founder, president and CEO. "Not only does this signal a dramatic shift in consumer behavior but emphasizes the rapid evolution and real strain placed on the Internet."

According to the research, peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic remains dominant in the upstream direction totaling 61 per cent of network traffic and is also responsible for more than 22 per cent of downstream bandwidth consumption worldwide. The study indicates that the amount of P2P traffic per subscriber maintains a relatively high steady state during times when networks are facing their highest volumes of traffic.

"Bulk bandwidth applications like P2P are on all day, everyday and are unaffected by changes to network utilization," said Mr. Caputo. "This reinforces the importance of protecting real-time applications that are sensitive to jitter and latency during times of peak usage. Effective network traffic optimization techniques use sophisticated policies that balance network capacity, application requirements and subscriber quality of experience in real-time."

Other notable findings include the observation that web traffic and streaming videos account for 59 per cent of downstream bandwidth consumption. During the evening's peak hours these web applications consume up to 64 per cent of total downstream bandwidth. This large share of bandwidth is composed of many different types of traffic, including web browsing, social sites with large amounts of digital photos and buffered real-time video sites such as YouTube.

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The study was conducted by analyzing data of more than 16 million broadband Internet subscribers from 26 cable modem and digital subscriber line (DSL) service providers representing 18 countries from five continents. Data was gathered between July 1st and September 12th, 2008 and captured the bits-per-second, per protocol and the number of active hosts on the network.

The data gathered in Sandvine's global Internet traffic report is completely subscriber-anonymous. No identifiable information of any kind, including, but not limited to, subscriber identification or IP addresses were collected during this study. Sandvine's network equipment analyzes data from an application utilization level and is not content aware.


Sandvine is focused on protecting and improving the quality of experience on the Internet. Our award-winning network equipment helps DSL, FTTx, cable, fixed wireless and mobile operators better understand network traffic, increase customer satisfaction, mitigate the proliferation of malicious traffic, manage network congestion, and deliver QoS-prioritized multimedia services. With well over 100 customers in over 50 countries, Sandvine is enhancing the Internet experience for millions of broadband and mobile subscribers worldwide.

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws and are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of such laws. Statements related to potential benefits of, and demand for, Sandvine's products or services including statements with respect to the features and benefits that may be achieved through the use of Sandvine's products or services and the relative position of these products vis-a-vis competitive offerings in the industry are forward-looking statements which are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include such factors as rapid technological changes, changes in customer architecture and equipment deployment requirements, the introduction of competing technologies, the risks and uncertainties of new product introductions, dependence on key supplies and other similar factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Sandvine to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Sandvine assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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