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Study: AOL boasts most Net traffic

America Online is leading the ISP pack with the most Internet traffic, according to a recent report conducted by WebSideStory.

America Online is leading the Internet service provider pack with the most user traffic, according to a recent report conducted by Internet tracker and traffic analyzer WebSideStory.

San Diego-based WebSideStory today Heavy traffic reported that Web surfers originating from AOL outnumber users from the next-largest Internet service provider by nearly five to one, according to its recent statistics.

As of October 31, 1999, WebSideStory said 15.19 percent of monitored Web surfers used Internet access provided by AOL, while its nearest competitor, UUNet, provided access to only 3.38 percent of the tracked visitors. Since the beginning of this year, AOL's portion of all Web traffic has averaged 15.55 percent of monitored Web surfers, the company said.

Following UUNet on the list of ISPs are @Home with 3.05 percent, T-Online with 1.51 percent, and AT&T with 1.05 percent. WebTV, Road Runner, MindSpring, BellSouth, and PSINet all fall below the others providing less than 1 percent access to their tracked visitors.

Through HitBox, WebSideStory said its Web site traces the percentage of users that rely on the various ISPs worldwide. Consequently, since a number of large ISPs buy dial-up services from other networks, like traditional telephone companies that offer managed modem products, some major ISPs' traffic is attributed to the networks from which the dial-up access was purchased, the company said.

The information reflects data gathered in real time from visitors to sites using WebSideStory's HitBox analysis technology and is published on its StatMarket site, the company said.