Insight Research has a recent report predicting that wireless carriers and ISPs will generate $28 billion in revenue from peer-to-peer and file sharing services over the next four years. How fascinating. As much as ISPs decry P2P for the bandwidth those services eat up, there’s recognition of an upside too. Of course, there is that old catch-22 of promoting services to sell broadband and then having to make sure that broadband can keep up with the services.
Not surprisingly, “carrier revenue from usage of peer-to-peer and file sharing services in Asia is nearly double North American revenue.”