P2P is responsible for 19 percent of the traffic on global mobile data networks, according to a new report from network management vendor Allot Communications that my colleague Stacey Higginbotham is covering in depth over at Gigaom.com. Just for comparison's sake: YouTube is causing 10 percent of the traffic on those networks, and actually 32 percent of all HTTP-based streaming traffic.

Does that mean that the blame game for congested 3G networks will finally shift from P2P to, well, everyone else? Not quite. From the company's press release:

"P2P is the single largest factor leading to cell congestion which accounts for 34% of bandwidth utilization in the top 5% of cells."

In other words: Areas that see a lot of mobile data traffic also see much more mobile P2P than the rest of the world.

mobile p2p around the world

The report itself also looks at how P2P and other forms of traffic are developing all around the world, and there's one interesting tidbit in this comparison: Turns out that mobile P2P is not just the strongest in Asia (23 percent vs. 18 percent in the Americas), but that Asia is actually the only region where mobile P2P is growing, and doing so at the same pace as http streaming.

We've seen time and again that file sharing and P2P streaming are hugely popular in countries like China. It looks like that trend is increasingly migrating to mobile networks as well.

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