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NTL & BitTorrent's P2P Content Network

Posted: 11th Feb, 2006 By: MarkJ
NTL has hooked up with file-sharing software developers BitTorrent and CacheLogic to enable a legal, accelerated P2P content network trial in the UK. The service will feature a large variety of licensed video content, including popular movies, music videos and television programmes:

Central to the trial will be a unique proposition. It will combine the assets of BitTorrent's file-swarming P2P client to maximise distribution with CacheLogic's P2P content caches to further accelerate delivery and off-set the network costs normally associated with P2P, and utilizing ntl's ultra-high speed access network. It will provide ground-breaking download speeds of broadcast quality content.

"ntl is delighted to be working with its technology trial partners, BitTorrent and CacheLogic, in order to extend its high-quality video experience from the set top box to the media player," said Kevin Baughan, director of network strategy at ntl. "The trial will be a unique combination of BitTorrent's P2P client closely coupled with CacheLogic's network based content caching and ntl's deep fibre network in order to offer a transformational video downloading experience."

The technology trial is designed to utilize CacheLogic's market leading P2P caching products to ensure the highest quality of service (QoS) by improving network efficiency, mitigating the cost of traffic and accelerating downloads.


The trial is expected to start in April 2006 and comes not a moment after NTL reported its forthcoming 100Mbps field tests.
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