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Australian AI firm Canopus Networks claims to have developed new technology to change the way in which network operators and ISPs classify Internet traffic leading to a reduction in costs and a better user experience.

A statement from the company said its software would help identify the class of data - video streaming, downloads or Web pages - in real-time through a network node. This would enable an operator to reprioritise traffic based on the value to the customer.

Canopus co-founder and chief executive, Vijay Sivaraman, claimed ISPs would be cut down on the use of NBN CVC by at least 20% and also improve the users' experience.

“Currently, traffic classification is done using deep packet inspection which relies on expensive, proprietary hardware-software combinations,” said Sivaraman. “This means it is only feasible for networks to monitor a very small proportion of their traffic and make assumptions about usage.

“The new technology examines all traffic passing through a network and instantaneously knows what it is. It distributes and balances traffic between software and generic ‘white box’ hardware, making it faster, cheaper and easier to scale.

“It means that telcos can implement policies to apportion bandwidth across the various traffic types in line with their value.”

David Spence, an adviser to Canopus and a former chairman of Vocus Communications, said: “This is the biggest problem facing RSPs in Australia. The Canopus solution goes a long way to improving the services to householders around the country in a smart and seamless way.

“Using Canopus AI technology, telcos will instantly see the mix of traffic on their network. How much bandwidth YouTube is using, how much Netflix is being streamed, how much data is being used on downloads, web browsing and so on.

"This visibility is the first key to understanding and better managing the network, to improve user experience by allocating bandwidth in a different way rather than simply buying more.”

Canopus was co-founded by Sivaraman, a pioneer of software-defined networking and a Silicon Valley veteran, and chief technology officer Himal Kumar. The company has attracted significant investment from IP Group Australia, which invests in companies developing research-based disruptive innovation.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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