Supported Protocols

New this week, December 11th, 2018

This Supported Protocol includes the following updates:

  • Streaming Applications: HTTPs Streaming
  • Network Operation: Sony Playstation Speedtest
  • Network Operation: Xbox Speedtest
  • Cryptocurrency: Bitcoin
  • Web Application: Analytics

HTTPs Streaming

HTTP Live Streaming is an HTTP-based media streaming communications protocol created by Apple Inc. as part of the Company’s QuickTime, Safari, OS X, and iOS software. Client implementations are also available in Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and specific versions of Google Chrome. Streaming media servers provide widespread support for the HTTPs protocol.

Sony Playstation Speedtest

Previously identified as Sony Playstation activity, the Allot protocol update can now specify whether the user is performing a speed test for their Sony Playstation. The protocol can identify this action whether it is performed across LAN or Wi-Fi.

Xbox Speedtest

The Xbox One has sold millions of units across the globe. One of its features is the ability to connect to Xbox Live, which gives users the ability to connect to play games, use Skype, and watch TV shows and movies. As minimum bandwidth speeds are required to correctly use some these applications, as well as play some games, players must firstly perform an Xbox One Internet speed test. This ensures that their bandwidth meets Xbox One’s requirements to fully utilize their gaming system.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin appeared on the scene on August 18, 2008 following the publication of a document authored by one Satoshi Nakamoto, titled, “A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. Since that time, it has become the benchmark against which thousands of other forms of electronic Internet cash products have been measured. Bitcoin transactions are now identifiable using Allot’s DPI technology.

Analytics

The latest protocol update enables the identification of a broad range of analytical Web applications.

In addition to the new signatures added above, the following signatures have been updated:

  • PUBG
  • Facebook Live
  • Speedtest
  • WhatsApp
  • WhatsApp_Voice

More to come. Stay tuned!

November 26, 2018

This Supported Protocol includes the following updates:

  • Web Application: Generic CDN
  • Cryptocurrency: Birdchain
  • Instant Messaging Application: BiP Messenger
  • VoIP: BiP Messenger Calls
  • Streaming Application: TV4 Play

Birdchain

Birdchain is a cryptocurrency app that kills two “birds” with one stone. The first bird is the fact that we all receive unlimited SMS plans. The second bird is that hardly anybody uses SMS anymore. Birdchain invites holders of SMS to sell their plans to the company using a Birdchain messaging app. As many tech companies normally pay a huge premium to send Application-to-Person (A2P) messages, Birdchain then sells on those accumulated SMS messages to those tech companies. Birdchain uses blockchain technology to achieve this objective.

BiP Messenger

BiP is a multi-function messenger app that sends unlimited texts, photos, and videos. It offers group chat in customized groups and is also able to send messages to destinations even if they have not downloaded the BiP app itself. Users can also follow each other so that you can keep track of your friends and family. In addition, the app supplies you with hints, tips, and news alerts on topics of interest that you have specified in advance. Finally, BiP has a disappearing message function that makes messages you may not want to remain in the system vanish into thin air after a specified period of time.

TV4 Play

TV4 Play is a free video-on-demand (VOD) application that broadcasts news and entertainment programs from Sweden’s popular TV station, TV4. As users have moved from a purely linear mode of watching TV, channel producers have changed that viewing pattern to make viewing a truly digital and programmable experience. VOD enables users to watch their favorite programs whenever they want, even down to programming their familiar TV remote control. With 2.5 million users, and named the best entertainment site of 2017, TV4 is likely to continue to increase in popularity.

In addition to the new signatures added above, the following signatures have been updated:

  • AnonyTun
  • Catchplay
  • OpenSignal
  • Speedtest

More to come. Stay tuned!

October 31, 2018

This Supported Protocol update includes one games developer (Epic Games) and protection against a Bruteforce Telnet attack.

 

Telnet Bruteforce

The Bruteforce attack is still one of the most popular password cracking methods. Nevertheless, it is not just for password cracking. Brute-force attacks can also be used to discover hidden pages and content in a web application. This attack is basically “a hit and try” until you succeed. Sometimes it takes longer, but its success rate is higher. This update monitors the Bruteforce attack on PCs via the Telnet protocol. Telnet is used on the Internet or local area network to provide a bidirectional interactive text-oriented communication facility using a virtual terminal connection.

 
Epic Games

This update addresses file transfer issues in software updates for games, created by Epic Games, that run on Xbox, PS, PC and iOS. Epic’s commercially available game engine, Unreal, powers Epic’s internally developed video games, such as Fortnite and the Unreal, Gears of War and Infinity Blade series. The Protocol Pack differentiates between software download of the game and the game itself, enabling the service gateway to shape the traffic for each.

 

Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for the above applications.

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

October 18, 2018

This Supported Protocol update includes one new streaming video application named LiTV.

 

LiTV, or LiTV online film and television, is an online audio-visual platform and brand operated by Lishi Technology Co., Ltd.

Launched in 2007 and based in Taiwan, LiTV provides online video services on all major platforms, including handheld devices (Andriod, iOS), smart TV (SmartTV, set-top box) and Web and Mobile Web.

LiTV Online Video is the only service in Taiwan that provides both live channel and Video-On-Demand (VoD) streaming video content on each platform.

 

Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for the above application.

More to come. Stay tuned!

 October 4, 2018

This Supported Protocol update includes two cryptocurrency applications (CGMiner and SMS Chain), as well as one network operation application (OpenSignal).

 

CGMiner is an open source ASIC/FPGA cryptominer written in C, which is available on GitHub that runs on Linux, Windows, and OS X, with additional support and binaries for OpenWrt routers. Available since 2012, this free bitcoin miner is highly customizable, although some difficulties have been reported with its installation on Windows. It is currently the most popular GPU/FPGA/ASIC miner available since it is based on the original code Cpu Miner, a simple client app that performed pooled mining, or solo mining. The application includes overclocking, monitoring, fan speed control, and remote interface abilities. Other features include new block detection, binary kernel loading, multi-GPU support as well as CPU mining support. CGMiner was previously identified as Stratum Mining.

 

SMS Chain is another blockchain-based platform. Styling itself as a “decentralized SMS gateway”, this application delivers Application-to-Person (A2P) SMS between users who want to exchange their unused SMS for financial gain. Anyone who has purchased an SMS package who is left with unused SMS credit can convert this to cryptocurrency using the company’s cryptocurrency app on an Android device. The cryptocurrency unit is called SMSTO, which will be the only currency traded on the SMS Chain platform, which will then be settled among members of the network. SMSTO also plays a role in the mining and commission system of the nodes. It is the role of SMS Chain to expand the network and increase the price of SMSTO.

 

OpenSignal is a Network Operation application that runs on the Android and iOS platforms. Its function is to indicate the direction of optimal cellular signals from nearby Wi-Fi networks. Its developers also promote the advantage of locating free Wi-Fi and identifying who is the best ISP in your location. The Company specializes in wireless coverage mapping by crowdsourcing data on carrier signal quality from its users who have its application installed on their devices. OpenSignal users can view this crowdsourced data either online on in-app as colored maps showing objective data from individual ISPs on a comparative basis. The app measures Wi-Fi signal strength, data speed, and signal reliability.

 

Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for all the above applications.

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

September 17, 2018

This Supported Protocol update includes a range of streaming applications (ABC, Stan, FetchTV, DAZN, and JioTV).

 

ABC iview is a video-on-demand and Catch-up TV service run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Currently iview video content can only be watched by users in Australia. Now, iview attracts around 50 million plays monthly and accounts for around half of the total time streamed by Australian TV video services. iview is accessible on a range of devices including iOS, Android as well as on a range of Smart TVs, game consoles, and media streamers.

 

Stan is an Australian streaming company that offers selected movies and TV shows by subscription. It was launched in January, 2015. It competes primarily against the American-based streaming services Netflix and Amazon Video. Stan supports a wide range of devices included iOS, Android, Sony Playstration, Microsoft Xbox One, and Telstra TV box. It does not support jailbroken iOS devices.

4K content can only be viewed on selected 4K compatible Sony, Samsung, and LG smart TVs, as well as the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. In June of 2018, Stan reached one million active subscribers.

 

Fetch TV is an Australian IPTV provider that delivers a subscription television service over a user’s regular Internet service. Fetch TV was launched in 2010 and is backed by its Malaysian parent Astro All Asia Networks, which owns 75% of the company.

Fetch TV provides a set top box with a digital TV tuner, personal video recorder, and up to 45+ subscription channels, video on demand, pay-per-view movies, web applications, and a mobile app. The service is delivered by HLS adaptive bitrate streaming. The minimum Internet sync speed required varies by ISP delivery method. The majority of Fetch TV content is unmetered when delivered over a broadband connection from a Fetch TV ISP partner.

In early 2016, it was revealed that the Fetch TV service had achieved 400,000 active subscribers and was aiming for 600,000 by the end of the year. This goal was reached in late 2017.

 

JioTV is a live TV service that offers instant access to the widest range of TV channels in India including 550+ channels, with more than 65 HD channels spread across 10 genres and 15 languages. The JioTV is available for Android Smartphones, iPhone and iPad, as well as PC.

 

DAZN streaming and browsing service is an over-the-top subscription video streaming service dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand streaming of events from various properties. It first launched in Austria, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland in August 2016, and in Canada the following year. DAZN is available in 1080p HD quality on a wide variety of devices including computers/laptops, mobile, tablet, set-top boxes, smart TVs, and video game consoles. The DAZN app is available for Android mobile and tablet devices and on iOS devices running iOS 8.0+. DAZN is also available on connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Android TV.

Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for all the above applications.

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

September 6, 2018

This Supported Protocol update includes the signature for one extremely popular online game—Fortnite, and two streaming applications—Ace Stream and Choco TV.

Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games, and released to the market in 2017. The game is currently available on MS Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and iOS. The game is now available in a beta version for Android. The delay to release the game on Android caused much consternation among the game-playing crowd who had to watch in envy as their friends who owned iPhones and Xboxes had been playing the game for almost a year. This situation resulted in many spoof sites being set attempting to lure Android owners to play early release versions of the games, who were then susceptible to malware uploads initiated by cybercriminals. Now that the game is officially launched on Android, those attacks should diminish rapidly.

Fortnite has been epically successful having accumulated 125 million players in under one year and providing its developers with hundreds of millions of dollars per month in profits. It is now considered as a cultural gaming experience.

Ace Stream is a multimedia streaming platform that uses the standard peer-to-peer (P2P) and BitTorrent protocols, the latter, which is recognized as the most successful and effective means of transferring large multimedia files across the Internet. But Ace Stream is capable of much more than simple audio and video streaming. It also contains AVoD (Audio and Video on Demand), Live Stream, foreign BitTorrent localization, decentralized social networking, and IOTT (Interactive-Over-The-Top), which directly distributes streaming media as a standalone product over the Internet.

Ace Stream users can receive a quality of experience some ten times greater than that provided by YouTube (in 1080p format), and greater quality than many other VoD and live streaming websites that do not use P2P technology.

Choco TV is an online streaming application founded by David Liu and based in Taiwan that is currently available to Android and iOS users. It is a subsidiary company of ChocoLabs, an APP brand developer founded in 2011. Originally used as a platform for viewing video content, the company has developed into a production company that will produce three drama series in 2018.

Since its inception three years ago, Choco TV has been downloaded more than one million times. Customers are currently able to select 150 titles from Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and China.

 

Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for the following applications:

  • Fortnite
  • Ace Stream
  • Choco TV

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

August 26, 2018

This Supported Protocol update includes two cryptocurrency applications, Ethereum and JCE Miner for PC and MAC, one streaming application, Viusasa for IOS and Android, one file system application, JSON-RPC for IOS, Android, PC, and MAC, as well as an Android VPN proxy terminal application, AnonyTun.

 

JSON-RPC (JavaScript Object Notation—Remote Procedure Call) is a simple protocol that defines a small number of data types and commands. JSON-RPC employs one-way server notifications as well as multiple calls, which can be answered randomly.

AnonyTun, from Art of Tunnel Tools is an anonymizer that provides a high-speed VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection that can bypass any geo-restricted website or service. Such a connection protects a user’s privacy and anonymously redirects a user with no limit or restriction. Simple access supplies access via SSL Tunnel, HTTP Tunnel, or TCP Tunnel.

The rather awkwardly-named Viusasa supplies users with streaming access to movies, TV shows, and music. It is a subscription video-on-demand service made through the app itself.

Cryptocurrency apps Ethereum and JCE Miner are mining applications. Ethereum validates transactions performed using the Ethereum cryptocurrency, while the JCE miner is a CPU miner that can illegally access the CPU resources of target companies.

Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for the following applications:

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

August 8, 2018

This Supported Protocol update includes two streaming applications, Smashcast and Ustream for IOS, Android, and PC, as well as terminal VPN Browsec.

Smashcast is an eSports live streaming application that was released in May of 2017 following the merger of Azubu and Hitbox.tv, two successful TV streaming platforms. The new Smashcast application is designed to focus on mobile and to enhance the company’s monetization offering. The Company has expressed an interest to push forward the boundaries of live video gaming streaming.

Video game streaming has become big business and involves game players who upload the results of their video gameplay online. Originally popularized by Twitch, this practice was then taken up seriously by YouTube. By 2014, Twitch streams boasted more traffic than HBO’s online service. Professional streamers are attracting huge audiences, and top players are now able to earn substantial sums of money from advertising and other funding sources.

In May of 2017, Azubu and Hitbox.tv were closed and their traffic diverted to Smashcast.tv. The focus has been around sporting games. Redbull CEO Mike McGarvey stated that Smashcast was, “…the largest independent eSports broadcaster outside of Asia”, with over ten million subscribers.

Ustream, which was renamed IBM Cloud Video on April 1, 2018, is a San Francisco-based live video stream and hosting company. The Company has grown rapidly particularly after establishing partnership deals with Panasonic, Samsung, and CBS News.

A notable technology adopted by Ustream is a copyright enforcement service that uses a proprietary fingerprinting system to instantly identify copyrighted material.

Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for the following applications:

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

July 23, 2018

The latest Protocol Pack includes signatures for BITTREX and Binance, two digital currency exchanges, or DCEs. These online services enable customers to buy and sell digital currencies for either regular, or “fiat” currencies, or for other cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency exchanges either act as market makers to their customers, quoting a two-way, bid-ask spread, or they act as brokers charging a flat fee for each transaction.

DCEs operate online, or in physical premises. Many operate outside of their country of registration for tax and regulatory reasons, with former Eastern bloc countries being very popular. Due to the wild volatilities experienced in the digital currency market, many central banks have advised their governments to be wary of this blockchain-based financial network where no central authority exists between buyers and sellers. The digital currencies themselves are generated as tokens issued through the establishment of entrepreneurial ventures as a fast and streamlined way of raising funds for their enterprises. 

Binance, based in Hong Kong, and BITTREX, based in the USA, are two of the largest DCEs based on volume and estimated revenues. As digital currencies continue to grow and as blockchain technology becomes more firmly established as part of an Internet-connected world, so DCEs will become more accepted by the mainstream financial community.

In order to identify and manage DCE traffic, Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for two of the largest DCEs as well as for streaming application Tik Tok, and Web application SkiDeal, as follows:

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

July 16, 2018

Perhaps the most unignorable recent trend in the online world is the rise of cryptocurrency, cryptocurrency mining and the use of Blockchain technology to trade and distribute it.  This is because the value of virtual currency has increased dramatically, and offers traders and miners the promise of significant profits. Although the Bitcoin virtual currency was created back in 2009, it has really been in the last year or two that the cryptocurrency market has mushroomed and activity has accelerated. Now, the size of the market is huge. The global Blockchain market is predicted to grow to 2.3 billion US dollars by 2021, from 339.5 million US dollars in 2017. Already, by the end of March 2018, Blockchain wallet users numbered almost 24 million. This puts fresh demands on network infrastructure. 

Currently, mining puts most strain on CPU power rather than bandwidth. The average bandwidth consumption of miners inside a rig did not even hit 10 MB/hour, whereas in January 2018, Morgan Stanley estimated that cryptocurrency mining could require up to 140 terrawatt-hours of electricity throughout the year, more than the consumption of several smaller European countries. Nevertheless, cryptocurrency miners do require an internet connection to stay connected to their “mine” and it is logical to extrapolate that as the interest and activity around cryptocurrency increases, so there’ll be a concomitant proliferation of cryptocurrency mining apps and protocols that increase CPU mining power, and these require bandwidth to operate.  In order to identify and manage such traffic, Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for a couple of the major mining applications as follows:

  • XMRig (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Stratum Mining Protocol (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)

More to come. Stay tuned!

 

July 2, 2018

The numbers associated with online mobile gaming are often staggering. It is a trend that video game giant Nintendo couldn’t ignore and its expansion into this space is typified by its Super Mario Run game, which has achieved in excess of 200 million downloads across 150 countries. These huge download numbers inevitably put pressure on bandwidth consumption, compounded by the average length of player sessions of 15.5 minutes. Similarly, live video streaming with instant social interaction is another major consumer of bandwidth. One of the largest and most popular apps in the Far East is the 17 Live app that claims to be the fastest app to achieve ten million downloads and was the leading app in US and Chinese app stores at its launch. In order for networks to maintain efficient quality of service and provide a consistent quality of experience for their subscribers, it is essential that they manage the high levels of traffic generated by such apps. Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack includes signatures for these applications to help networks achieve this.

  • Super Mario Run (iOS, Android)
  • Nintendo (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • 17 Live (iOS, Android)

 

June 18, 2018

Effective visibility, security and control of network traffic requires constant monitoring of new and updated applications and the inclusion of their signatures in our protocol pack. In order to manage bandwidth use so that quality of service and quality of experience is optimized, it’s necessary to ensure that the traffic from the widest range of sources is identified. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Packs demonstrate this by providing signatures for performance measurement, software purchasing, a VPN, a streaming service and a network operation app. These are: Fast.com by Netflix, which measures your current Internet download speed; the Windows Store, Microsoft’s Windows digital distribution platform; Super VPN that provides a free VPN client to enable users to avoid Internet filters and online spying; Jango, a free online streaming service enabling users to create custom radio stations; and VRRP – Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol – that enables users to set up one or more backup routers. Ensure that your network has the signatures for these applications covered by applying Allot’s latest DART Signature Pack:

 

  • Fast (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Windows Store (PC)
  • Super VPN (PC)
  • Jango Radio (iOS, Android)
  • VRRP

 

May 28, 2018

Although VoIP technology has been around for some time, it is enjoying a period of huge growth, owing to a set of favorable conditions that are now coalescing. Worldwide VoIP subscriptions have increased dramatically. Juniper Research estimated that there were approximately one billion mobile VoIP users in 2017, and further growth is expected as more and more personal and business customers turn to VoIP. It’s easy to understand why. VoIP offers significant cost-savings compared to landline and mobile telephony and the advent of 5G makes the technology even more efficient. With 5G ten times faster than 4G, the functionality of VoIP is vastly improved and now users can expect far more reliable high quality calls. Additionally, the improvements in AI are enhancing communication efficiency, and so that problems like low bandwidth, improper network configuration and high latency can be fixed in real-time, with a minimum of human intervention. VoIP devices have the potential to integrate with an array of other devices, a trend that could be fueled by IoT and / or the mobile market. At the vanguard of the VoIP revolution is Snapchat, which can count 187 million active users per day and global revenue of $825 million USD. With figures like this, it’s essential for operators to harness Snapchat’s popularity and offer network subscribers the most attractive packages and efficient access to Snapchat. To enable them to achieve this, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Packs include new signatures for:

 

  • Snapchat Calls (iOS, Android)
  • Snapchat Voice Calls (iOS, Android)
  • Snapchat Video Calls (iOS, Android)

 

 

May 21, 2018

Privacy and the capability to access restricted services in certain locations are the two main drivers behind the ongoing growth in the use of VPNs and VPN proxies. In terms of value, the current size of this market stands at close to $21 billion USD and is expected to reach a value of nearly $36 billion USD by 2022. This trend is doubtless driven by the fact that more and more of us are working remotely and consuming media and information globally, irrespective of where we physically may be. VPNs provide us with additional security and as such, they offer a valuable tool for accessing corporate intranets while travelling or working from home. They also enable us to conceal our real location, so we can use them to override access to geo-blocked services and sites, and evade censorship or other restrictions that may be applied in certain territories. The value numbers of this market demonstrate the growing use of these services and a concomitant rise in traffic, which operators must handle efficiently to maintain a high QoS. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Packs include new signatures for the following VPN services and VPN proxies that will help operators achieve this:

  • YourFreedom VPN (Android)
  • Snap VPN (Android)
  • Touch VPN (iOS, Android)
  • VPN Robot (Android)

 

 

May 14, 2018

The latest selection of new application signatures from Allot’s protocol updates includes a combination of entertainment, information and caller identification applications. YouTube Go has been launched in over 130 countries. Designed for use in locations where connectivity can be an issue, it enables users to save videos to their devices or SD cards for offline viewing, potentially reducing live streaming and mobile data use. For those of us planning a trip, the hugely popular TripAdvisor app gives users access to millions of reviews of destinations, accommodation, travel options and attractions, with crowdsourced recommendations and booking facilities across 49 markets. And if you’re on the move locally, Moovit provides users with real-time public transport information in over 2200 locations worldwide. GetContact enables users to block calls, blacklist unwanted phone numbers, identify incoming calls and receive spam alerts. Pootin similarly enables users to identify unknown numbers and see how others have saved your phone number in their contacts list. Both are free to use, but users should be aware of privacy issues as these apps requires access to contacts and data. Such popular applications naturally generate large amounts of traffic from users expecting fast and seamless access. To ensure the best QoE for their users, network operators and service providers can apply the signatures for these applications provided in Allot’s latest DART Protocol Packs:

  • YouTube Go (Android)
  • TripAdvisor (iOS, Android, PC)
  • Moovit (iOS, Android, PC)
  • GetContact (iOS, Android)
  • Pootin (iOS, Android)

 

 

May 1, 2018 

The worldwide online grocery and food service business is unsurprisingly, a multi-billion dollar market, yet still with room to grow. In 2016, online grocery sales made up approximately 4.4 percent of the global grocery market, and online purchases of fresh groceries and consumer packaged goods enjoyed a 36% year-over-year growth spurt. At that time, around 14% of US grocery sales were made online, but in 2017 and 2018, Asia leads the way in this market, and activity is particularly strong in India. The wide range of options and multiplicity of channels that the internet offers provides a huge opportunity for grocery and food service businesses and a welcome expansion of choice for consumers / end users. Perhaps most indicative of this trend is that internet e-tail giant Amazon is now in the grocery market with its Amazon Now app, operating in some of India’s biggest conurbations. Network operators and service providers can ready themselves for escalating traffic to grocery and food service apps by applying new signatures for applications for the Indian market such as the following provided in Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack:

  • Amazon Now (iOS, Android)
  • foodpanda (iOS, Android, PC)
  • Nature’s Basket (iOS, Android)
  • Swiggy (iOS, Android)
  • UrbanClap (iOS, Android)
  • Zop Now (iOS, Android)

 

 

April 23, 2018

At least half of the web’s traffic is now encrypted. This is an unsurprising trend. Internet security and the privacy of online personal data have become arguably the hottest topics in Silicon Valley, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Mark Zuckerberg’s questioning by the US Congress House Energy and Commerce Committee about Facebook’s data collection practices. While encryption is a benefit for users, it poses a challenge for operators who need to identify as much traffic as possible and understand traffic patterns so that they can continue to provide the best network service to their subscribers. To that end Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new signatures for the following web applications:

  • YouTube Browsing (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Generic CDN (ioS, Android, PC)
  • Advertisements (PC)
  • Analytics (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)

 

April 16, 2018

The size of the worldwide mobile VoIP market in 2017 was estimated to be US$39.5 billion and it is predicted to triple in size by 2024. More and more consumers are choosing to communicate via these free internet-based video, voice and text chat apps. It stands to reason. They are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, more reliable and they allow cost-free communication. It speaks volumes that Google launched GoogleDuo, its own video chat mobile app, which is gaining traction. Apps of this kind are now even being created with specific audiences in mind, such as Vivox, which provides integrated voice chat and instant messaging to online games, virtual worlds and other online communities, serving some of the world’s biggest gaming brands.  As with all trends, it’s important for operators to embrace the growing popularity of VoIP apps and ensure that they can provide high quality and ultra-reliable access to them via their networks. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new signatures for:

  • GoogleDuo Voice and Video Calls (iOS, Android)
  • Vivox SIP and RTP based voice calls (PC)

 

 

April 9, 2018

The ever-increasing growth of online video streaming continues at a rapid pace.  This increases demand for better and faster service from mobile networks that will further increase video quality. Simultaneously, it raises the pressure on operators to ensure that their networks can provide the highest quality of experience for their users, in tems of delivering seamless, uninterrupted streaming. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new signatures to ensure that they can keep pace with the newest versions of the following services:

  • KODI (PC)
  • Chili (iOS, Android, PC)
  • Premium Play (PC)

 

 

March 27, 2018

News organizations are facing challenging times owing to the proliferation of information sources on the Internet. Nevertheless, a strong online presence is essential for titles in all locations as they often remain the ultimate destination for users of a multitude of different devices, apps and media. Over half (56%) of online news consumers now use mobile Internet to access news. A significant proportion gets news or is driven to news outlets via social media and there has been a significant growth in mobile news aggregators as the gateway to news content. Plus, new devices like smart-watches and voice-activated digital assistants are emerging as platforms that drive users to news sources. Operators can ensure that they cater for this continued appetite for news by facilitating the traffic to and from news outlets. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack addresses this demand in the Middle East, which is a particularly fertile region for news, by providing signatures for the following online news outlets:

  • Ynet (General news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Haaretz (General news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Israel Hayom (General news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Maariv (General news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Globes (Business news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • TheMarker (Business news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Bizportal (Business news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Calcalist (Business news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Sport 5 (Sports news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • 365 Scores (Sports news – iOS, Android, PC)
  • Sport 1 (Sports news – iOS, Android, PC)

 

 

March 22, 2018

Hundreds of millions of users enjoy massive multiplayer online games (MMOGs) on a daily basis. The number of players is expected to exceed 661 million by 2022 and the revenue in this segment already amounts to more than US$1.35 billion worldwide . That’s a lot of users creating a huge amount of traffic, all of whom demand a fast and seamless online experience. Furthermore, freemium (free-to-play) games generate a large proportion of this huge revenue via in-game purchases, so the networks on which they run need to be responsive to a multitude of transactions and requests that enable instant access to premium content and functionalities in real-time. To ensure the highest quality of experience for game-playing users, and to manage the traffic they generate, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes provides signatures for the following games:

  • War Thunder (SPS, PC)
  • PUBG – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PC)
  • FriDay Play (Android)
  • Pokerist (iOS)

 

 

March 11, 2018

It’s no surprise that shopping is one of the most popular online activities worldwide. We love to shop and anything that makes the experience faster, more convenient and often cheaper is inevitably hugely popular. As increasing numbers of people get connected across the globe, the clamor for online shopping continues to grow. According to statista.com’s e-commerce worldwide statistics, the figures are already mind-boggling. In 2017, an estimated 1.66 billion people worldwide purchased goods online. Global e-retail sales amounted to 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars and projections show a growth of up to 4.48 trillion U.S. dollars by 2021. So shopping, online retail and B2C services consume a considerable chunk of bandwidth that’s only going to increase and it’s therefore essential that this traffic is well managed. To ensure that operators can do this, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new signatures to enable them to keep pace with online shopping giants as well as more localized e-commerce sites. Signatures added are:

  • eBay
  • Alibaba
  • AliExpress
  • Zap
  • Yad2

 

 

November 20, 2017

We’ve previously noted how online video streaming has massively expanded, with the number of users and the data consumption by video streaming apps having skyrocketed. Globally, the time spent online in media and video apps has grown by over 200% in the last two years, surpassing the general growth rate of app usage. This trend is expected to continue. Analysts Research & Markets forecast that the video streaming market will become a US$70.5 billion industry by 2021, growing enormously from its 2016 value of US$30.29 billion. This can be attributed, at least in part, to three factors. Firstly, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become the preferred devices for accessing video streaming. The most recent generation of video consumers are completely cordless: all their consumption is WiFi. Secondly, better mobile networks and devices will further increase video quality and a predisposition to use mobile devices to watch video. And finally, intensified competition amongst operators to attract and retain customers will see cheaper mobile data plans that remove friction for use. Cognizant of this trend, service providers acknowledge the imperative for their networks to be optimized in order to ensure that the high volume of video traffic flows seamlessly to users. Pinpointing traffic patterns and bandwidth consumption is instrumental in achieving this, so that you can offer attractive service packages and assure good quality of experience for heavy users of video streaming. To this end, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack has added new granular signatures for the following video and live broadcast streaming applications:

  • YouTube Live (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • LINE TV (iOS, Android, PC, MAC
  • Camerabay (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • AniGamer (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)

 

 

October 30, 2017

The increasing ubiquity and versatility of mobile devices has resulted in subscribers using them for an ever wider variety of purposes, from news and video consumption to gaming, shopping, personal finance and more. We all know that there’s now an application for everything, from live streaming TV and movies to games; from cashless payments to banking. Consequently, mobile devices are now at the center of our digital lifestyle. Increasingly, operators have recognized this and seek to provide subscribers with their own branded offerings of such services. By doing so, they harness the opportunity to enrich subscribers’ quality of experience, reinforce customer loyalty, and develop service offerings that drive adoption by new users. In Taiwan, for example, FarEasTone Telecommunications’ suite of mobile applications, branded “FriDay”, fulfils customers’ needs in a variety of areas. Its aim: to produce individualized experiences and services that maximize convenience for its customers whenever they use their mobile devices, thereby making their offering an essential part of customers’ lifestyle. Responding to this, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack has added new signatures for the full suite of FriDay mobile web applications:

  • friDay Music (iOS, Android, PC)
  • friDay Video (iOS, Android, PC)
  • friDay Reading (iOS, Android, PC)
  • friDay Shopping (iOS, Android, PC)
  • friDay Wallet (iOS, Android, PC)
  • friDay Services (iOS, Android, PC)

 

 

October 23, 2017

Streaming video content is the trend that continues to grow rapidly. Already close to 75% of global IP traffic, some projections suggest that video alone could represent over 80% of all traffic by 2021. This includes Internet video, IP video-on-demand, videos exchanged through file sharing, video streamed gaming, live video, mobile video and video conferencing. Harnessing and managing this trend is critical for service providers to ensure that they continue to deliver a high quality of service to subscribers, to attract new users and to maintain their existing subscriber base. This can be achieved by offering plans that enable subscribers to seamlessly use and enjoy video streaming services, and it requires operators’ close understanding of how and where the terabytes of video data are being consumed across their bandwidth. To do this involves accurately monitoring the consumption of bandwidth by streaming services in order to build the best service plans around such content. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Packhas added new signatures for mobile streaming applications from the following giants that are already huge traffic generators:

  • Facebook Live (iOS, Android)
  • Instagram Live (iOS, Android)

 

 

October 16, 2017

The increasing proliferation of streaming media applications reflects the growing proportion of Internet traffic consuming film, TV and video live and on demand. Service providers and operators understand the popularity of these services and seek to generate revenue with their own offerings. CSP giant Vodafone offers its subscribers its Vodafone TV service, including multi-room wireless set-top boxes at home, complemented by its Vodafone TV Anywhere, enabling subscribers to watch live or catch-up TV and manage recordings on mobile devices. Filmin fulfils a demand for local language content in Portugal, Spain and other Latin markets such as Mexico and reflects the appetite for more niche offerings on its platform that has a menu of over 9,000 titles, among which are independent films, series and short films. In both cases, customers want to be confident that broadcast and HD quality will be optimized, so it pays to know which streaming services are popular with them, so you can direct the necessary resources that they require from your network. With this knowledge, you can offer the right service packages and assure good quality of experience. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack helps you achieve this, by including granular signatures for the following streaming services:

  • Filmin (iOS, Android)
  • Vodafone_TV (iOS, Android)

 

 

October 9, 2017

Continuing to address the demand for unrestricted and private Internet use, Allot has included new signatures for VPN proxy server apps. Both Turbo VPN and UltraSurf offer users a free and unfettered connection to the Internet, enabling anonymous and secure private browsing, with the ability to bypass firewalls and Internet filtering in certain countries, locations and organizations. In public WiFi hotspots, these capabilities can be particularly useful both to protect user privacy and to circumvent any limits these public networks may place on network usage. However, the control and security of your network starts with visibility. As use of VPN apps escalate, prudent operators will seek to ensure that they can observe and keep track of their use, in order to maintain network service performance and to ensure that network security and integrity is not compromised. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new signatures for the following VPN proxy server apps:

  • Ultrasurf (Android, PC)
  • Turbo VPN (Android, iOS, PC, Mac)

 

 

September 18, 2017

We all know that interactive games are a serious business. Players of massively multi-player online games require high performance networks to ensure that they enjoy the best, most responsive gaming experience. In this highly dynamic market, which constantly sees the release of new games and update patches for existing games, Allot provides operators with the granular signatures that enable them to identify game-players and offer service plans that deliver the best user experience for them: a “must-have” for operators to remain competitive. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes a new signature for SMITE. Developed by Hi-Rez Studios, SMITE is one of the most popular and most played battle arena video games for multiple players. Since its release, the game has logged 257 million hours of collective playtime with 168 million matches played. In addition, 3.8 million follow the game on social media. The annual SMITE World Championship even has a $1 million prize fund. Get Allot’s latest protocol pack and make sure the SMITE players on your network get the Quality of Experience they need to perform in battle!

  • SMITE (SPS, XBOX, PC, MAC)

 

 

September 11, 2017

For popular VoIP applications, Allot traffic classification technology tracks voice and video sessions separately. This granularity allows operators to monitor and meter how much their customers use a specific OTT VoIP application in general, and how much of that use is just voice, or voice plus video. Armed with this valuable network intelligence, you can determine how to craft and charge for VoIP service packages. For example, VoIP calls may have unlimited free use within a zero-rated Viber plan, but Viber video calls are excluded or capped, owing to the heavier load they put on the network.  Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack adds separate Voice and Video signatures for these popular VoIP applications:

  • Viber Voice Calls
  • Viber Video Calls
  • Imo Voice Calls
  • Imo Video Calls
  • WeChat Voice Calls
  • WeChat Video Calls

 

 

September 4, 2017

We’re increasingly aware that our online behavior and our transactions are being tracked so that third parties can target us with content, promotions and advertising, and in more sinister cases, can defraud us or steal our identities. So it is understandable that many people choose to use privacy browser applications to enable anonymous browsing that prevents such unsolicited intrusion and threats to the security of their sensitive personal data. Blocking tracking scripts and preventing the appearance of such content and advertising also enhances browsing efficiency, enabling privacy browsers to upload webpages faster. Others use privacy browsers in order to hide or redirect their location so that they can access sites from anywhere in the world that may be blocked for a variety of reasons on servers in certain locations and jurisdictions. And in some cases they enable users to bypass usage charges for certain sites. Although the security aspect of these anonymizers are welcome, hidden users can be a source of lost revenue, so it is prudent to monitor the use of VPN traffic / privacy browsers. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack helps you keep track of how these applications are being used and has added two new custom signatures to support the following applications

  • Globus Privacy Browser
  • Epic Privacy Browser

 

 

August 28, 2017

Streaming media services are proliferating as they seek to satisfy users’ insatiable demand for watching their favorite video and live broadcast content on any device. And streaming media apps are a great way for service providers to add value to existing subscribers, attract new subscribers and generate revenue. Regional service providers who cater to local cultures and audiences have capitalized on this trend, as well as the global brands like Netflix. So, in Belgium, subscribers to VOO receive the VOOMotion streaming service for free, providing users with 85 channels accessed via any VOO WiFi network or hotspot. The traditional broadcasters are in the market too, with the pay TV unit BeTV (formerly Canal + Belgium) offering BeTVGo as a TV everywhere service. BeTVGo is available to BeTV’s subscribers at no extra price, as a great value add-on, or to non-subscribers for a monthly or daily fee for the BeTV sports offering. Both apps cater for audiences in Belgium and Luxembourg with a mix of French language and international content. Over in the Caribbean, the same phenomenon occurs, with FlowSports delivering live international sport in HD to its sport-crazy subscribers in the region. In many regions, the bulk of Internet bandwidth is consumed by users streaming terabytes of video data on these services, so it pays to know which streaming services are most popular with your customers and the resources they require from your network, so you can craft the right service packages and assure good quality of experience. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack provides custom application signatures for VOOMotion, BeTVGo and FlowSports to meter and monitor these services, enabling broadcast quality to be optimized according to access and type of device so that the best quality user experience can be assured for audiences in these different territories. New signatures for these applications are:

  • Be tv Go
  • VooMotion
  • FlowSports

 

 

August 21, 2017 

Video chat and conferencing applications continue to proliferate as business and recreational users try alternative communications services over VOIP. Some work only with specific operating systems. Others work across a range of operating systems. TokBox is a PaaS (Platform as a Service) company that provides hosted infrastructure, APIs and tools required to deliver enterprise-grade WebRTC (Real-time communications) capabilities. Zoom provides video and web conferencing services for businesses, enabling meetings, webinars and events, virtual conference rooms and cross-platform file sharing and messaging by bringing video connector systems to the cloud with a developer platform to apply video, voice and screen sharing. Allot’s DART Protocol Pack adds new signatures for these applications:

  • Zoom (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • HouseParty (iOS, Android)
  • TokBox (iOS, Android)

 

 

August 14, 2017 

This week’s update once again focuses on web applications for business. Primarily cloud-based services, these applications facilitate co-working, synchronization and electronic signing of shared documents, and collaboration tools for the design industry in particular, enabling users to view, share, comment and edit a wide variety of material including graphic designs, videos, web development and photography. Allot’s DART Protocol Pack adds new signatures for the following applications:

  • HighTail (iOS, Android, MAC, PC)
  • Slack (iOS, Android, MAC, PC)
  • Egnyte (iOS, Android, MAC, PC)
  • A360 (iOS, Android, MAC, PC)
  • DocuSign (iOS, Android, MAC, PC)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (MAC, PC)

 

 

August 7, 2017 

The ever-increasing availability of web apps is enabling users to benefit from a growing choice of location, navigation and map services. Allot’s DART Protocol Pack keeps pace with the usage of these popular web apps by adding new signatures for a range of such services for mobile phones, tablets and desktops / laptops. Newly added signatures include:

  • Sygic (iOS, Android)
  • Tomtom (iOS, Android)
  • Yandex Maps (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)

 

 

July 31, 2017

We can’t get enough of web applications, because they provide us with wonderful tools for business, co-working, creative pursuits and social interaction wherever we are. Allot’s DART Protocol Pack keeps up with the fast pace of web app adoption by adding new signatures for a range of apps that exemplify the wide variety of ways we use and enjoy them, from SAS OnDemand’s statistical analysis in the cloud, Zendesk’s scalable customer service platform, Yammer’s file sharing and communications and Snappy TV’s cloud-based live video creation and distribution to the serious business of testing upload and download speeds with the Oz Broadband Speed Test, and the fun of flirting with the hugely popular Tinder.

  • SAS OnDemand (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Zendesk (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Yammer (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Tinder (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Snappy TV (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • OzBroadband Speed Test (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)

 

 

July 24, 2017

The use of online meeting and conferencing tools continues to be a popular and practical communications solution for businesses of all kinds and sizes. Interoperability has become a hugely important facet of these offerings, in order to ensure that users have access to video conferencing facilities whatever platform or device they’re using. VoIP services aim to provide users with a simple, seamless way to conduct online video conferences, while sharing screens, documents and videos. Allot’s DART Protocol Packkeeps up with the latest updates to VoIP services, in this case BlueJeans web collaboration and BlueJean Conferencing, by providing the relevant signatures to identify business-critical traffic that uses them, and to give this traffic the right quality of service to assure good video conferencing in future.

  • BlueJeans (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • BlueJeans Conferencing (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)

 

 

July 17, 2017

The continuingly growing popularity of VPN (Virtual Private Network) use has given rise to more VPN services that provide users with anonymity and access to sites that may be blocked from their regular IP address. Allot’s DART Protocol Pack keeps abreast of this proliferation of VPNs to help you get an accurate view of VPN traffic and monitor its use. To that end, Allot has added the following new signatures to the numerous VPN applications that it already supports, so that you can track the use of these popular services:

  • Express VPN (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • IPVanish VPN (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Private Internet Access VPN (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • TunnelGuru (PC)
  • Vypr VPN (iOS, Android, PC, MAC)
  • Zero VPN (Android)

 

 

July 10, 2017

We continue to add signatures to help you support the use of Google’s ever-growing and hugely popular web and mobile applications, and to support the high use rates of instant messaging applications. Allot’s DART Protocol Pack now includes a signature for Google Allo, Google’s own instant messaging mobile application for Android and iOS. This addition joins many of the granular signatures Allot has already developed to help you analyze the use, popularity and QoE of Google services on your network, including GoogleTalk, GoogleHangouts, Google Drive, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Play, Google Play Music, Google Voice Search, Google Proxy, Google Duo, Google Cloud Storage and more.

  • Google Allo (Android, iOS)

 

 

July 3, 2017

Expectation is already building for the start of the new football season. In the meantime, while soccer fans wait, many fill the close-season by recreating the thrills of live matches with the current versions of hugely popular football video games. The #1-selling game of this kind worldwide is FIFA 2017, with sales in the tens of millions. Available for all the major consoles, Microsoft Windows and in mobile versions for Android and iOS, FIFA 17 requires fast and seamless operating power for players to enjoy their gameplay to the fullest. Allot’s DART Protocol Pack includes a signature for FIFA 17 so you can monitor and assure gamers‘ quality of experience, and it lays the groundwork for future releases, as we anticipate the forthcoming arrival of FIFA 18.

  • FIFA 17 (PC, Sony Play Station 4, XBOX One)

 

 

June 27, 2017

People love to consume content that reflects their culture and language. Local Internet TV and on-demand video streaming content sites have millions of daily users who want a high-quality viewing and listening experience. Your ability to meet QoE expectations and to craft service plans around streaming content depends on your ability to monitor and meter its conumption and to shape the QoS your network delivers. Allot’s recent DART Protocol Pack added new signatures for these streaming applications that are popular in South Korea, Japan, Italy, and South Africa.

  • KKTV (IoS, Android)
  • Sportube TV (IoS, Android, PC)
  • ShowMax (IoS, Android, PC, MAC)

 

 

June 19, 2017

WhatsApp is one of the most popular social apps around. Groups of family, friends, and colleagues chat and share content round the clock. WhatsApp calls are used by millions to keep in touch when voice service isn’t available or just because it’s convenient. Some service providers have deployed zero-rated or “dim sum” WhatsApp plans to attract and retain both postpaid and prepaid subscribers. With Allot solutions, you can determine which WhatsApp services to include in your zero-rated plan. For example, chat and VoIP calls have unlimited free use, but video calls and transfers are capped or not included at all, due to the heavier load they put on the network. Allot’s recent DART Protocol Pack added a new signature for WhatsApp Video, which rounds out the WhatsApp_Chat and WhatsApp_Voice and WhatsApp_Transfer signatures that Allot already supports, so you can craft and charge for zero-rated service plans that are just right for your market.

  • WhatsApp_Video (Android, iOS)

 

 

June 5, 2017

The trend in VPN applications seems to indicate that the more we are consuming and sharing online, the more we seek to protect of our privacy. Free and paid VPN applications are cropping up all over because they let mobile users to maintain their privacy online and are very easy to download and use on Android and iPhone devices. Most importantly, VPN apps enable users to freely access websites that are blocked for a variety of reasons. For example, a high school may block social media sites that students want to access 24/7, or popular video content may not be accessible in certain countries where people want to watch. The VPN app acts as an Internet proxy, hiding your IP address and your ID as you access any site via WiFi, 3G and 4G connections. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack adds two new signatures to the many anonymity applications that Allot already supports, so you can track usage of these popular VPN services.

  • Cloud VPN (Android)
  • Ark VPN (Android, iOS)

 

 

March 13, 2017

Peer-to-peer just got a whole lot easier. Instead of struggling with the complicated world of torrents that often expose users to viruses and unwanted scrutiny, startups like Seedr are making it easier and safer than ever to obtain and stream content to smartphones, tablets and PCs. Seedr handles the P2P transfer and stores requested content in the cloud, where users can stream it on demand or download it with complete privacy. Seedr customers never actually connect to the torrent network. ISPs have been monitoring and managing P2P traffic on their networks for years due to its propensity to open many connections and grab all the available bandwidth. By making P2P simple, accessible, and private, Seedr may be starting a trend that makes P2P more popular than ever! Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes a traffic classification signature for Seedr, so you can keep tabs on the use of this streaming content app.

  • Seedr  (Android, iOS, PC)

 

 

February 6, 2017

Streaming media sites account for an ever-growing percent of Internet traffic. In many regions, the lion’s share of Internet bandwidth is consumed by people who are streaming videos and listening to music, thanks to the proliferation of streaming sites. Local content is as popular as global brands – if not more so. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new granular signatures for streaming content that caters to Asian audiences. Contact sales@allot.com to learn how your network can monitor and assure QoE for the streaming apps and websites that are popular with your customers.

  • Catchplay  (Taiwan, China)
  • Viu  (Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines)

 

 

January 30, 2017

Uber isn’t the only alternative taxi service in town. Local and regional apps are popping up to connect drivers and passengers in urban areas with a convenient service that saves them time and money over traditional taxi service or driving their own car. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new granular signatures for tech transit apps that cater to two different regions. Contact sales@allot.com to learn how your network can monitor the tech transit apps that your customers are using.

  • Little Cab (Kenya)
  • InDriver (Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan)

 

 

December 19, 2016

Foxtel Go subscribers in Australia can take their service with them wherever they go because the app streams their favorite video and live broadcast content to any device over 3G, 4G or WiFi. And it’s free! The data usage for Streaming Foxtel Go video is umetered (i.e., zero-rated) when users are connected to Foxtel Broadband or using their Telstra Home Broadband services. Support for multiple devices per home subscription make Foxtel Go a great way for everyone in the family to watch the TV shows, movies, and sports events they like best, using their own device. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes a granular signature for Foxtel Go, enabling broadcast quality to be optimized according to access and type of device to assure the best quality user experience. Need a custom application signature to monitor and meter your own branded services? Contact us to find out how Allot solutions for application-based charging can work to enhance your bottom line.

  • Foxtel Go

 

 

December 12, 2016

With so many interactive games to choose from, it’s tough to attract players and even harder to keep them. Game developers are constantly planning new version drops and innovative rewards systems to entice players to log in every day and play more.  Wild Star from Carbine Studios has a loyal play-to-win (P2W) community who eagerly await each release to try out new features and to see if the developer fixed all the things they said they would. Wild Star also offers a free-to-play (F2P) version that resulted in a massive population grab when it was released, as people were drawn to the free play and to the more casual, theme-park related content rather than the dungeons/raider challenges that typify the subscription game.  While Carbine server performance is a big factor affecting play, the user experience may also depend on the quality of service your network is delivering at any given moment. Want to make your network gamer-friendly? Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes a granular signature that enables you to monitor Wild Star traffic and the quality of experience that F2P and P2W players are getting from your network.

  • Wild Star

 

 

Nov 28, 2016

People all over the world play Counter Strike, including international teams who compete in the World Cyber Games (WCG) and other annual tournaments, where prizes of tens of thousands of dollars are awarded to the best counter-terrorists! Whether your customers are playing the standard CS 1.6, CS Source, or the latest Global Offensive version (CS GO), Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes a granular signature that enables you to monitor Counter Strike traffic and the quality of experience that players on PC platforms are getting from your network.

  • Counter Strike

 

 

November 21, 2016

Netflix started a revolution in online entertainment and they are gradually expanding their streaming video service to many countries around the world. But they’re not the only game in town. Regional providers of video content who cater to local cultures and languages are also streaming Terabytes of video data across mobile and fixed data networks. It pays to know which streaming services are most popular with your customers and the resources they require from your network, so you can craft the right service packages and assure good quality of experience. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes granular signatures for Iflix (southeast Asia’s fastest growing Internet TV service) and HOOQ (streaming video service in the Philippines specializing in local titles), that enables you to monitor consumption and QoE of these services on Android, iOS, PC and Mac devices.

  • iflix
  • HOOQ

 

 

November 14, 2016

Google web services comprise an ever-growing collection of applications used by billions. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we added granular signatures for Google Duo (person-to-person video calling app) and Google Cloud Storage (online storage and retrieval of any amount of data any time and from anywhere in the world). These new additions join the many granular signatures Allot has already developed to help you analyze the use, popularity and QoE of Google services on your network, including GoogleTalk, GoogleHangouts, Google Drive, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Play, Google Play Music, Google Voice Search, Google Proxy, and more.

  • Google Duo
  • Google Cloud Storage

 

 

November 8, 2016

Service providers want to monitor and measure subscriber use of home-branded applications and services, and to control the quality of experience they deliver. Many of the signatures in our DART Protocols Library have been developed specifically for this purpose. For example, some mobile providers have jumped on the VoIP bandwagon by offering their own branded “app” for online calling and messaging to mobile and landline phones. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes granular signatures that allow these operators to distinguish between regular VoIP calls that use SIP protocol, and video VoIP calls that use RTP protocol. They use this granularity to control QoE for video streaming and photo sharing traffic within the VoIP service, and to assure satisfaction with their operator-branded app. Allot can do the same for your branded apps. Contact sales@allot.com to learn how.

  • [Your brand] online calling app SIP
  • [Your brand] online calling app RTP

 

 

September 26, 2016

IPTV card sharing is a known method for using a smartcard over a local network or over the Internet. The great benefit of cardsharing technology is that it allows people to tune into their favorite channels and programs using the receiver of their choice – whether it’s in another room in the house or in a holiday home that is miles away. Software applications like CCcam, Gbox and others take care of sharing the access code over a local network or over the Internet, so there is no need for subscribers to take their subscription card in and out of different receivers, and no need to bring the card on vacation and run the risk of losing it. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we’ve added a granular signature so you can monitor CCcam usage and make sure that cardsharing is not being abused on your network.

  • CCcam

 

 

September 12, 2016

A few weeks ago, we announced that TunnelBear had been added to our signature library, enabling detection of this popular VPN application on iPhone devices. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we’ve refined this signature to identify TunnelBear on Android devices as well, giving you a more complete picture of who’s using TunnelBear and how much traffic it generates on your network.

  • TunnelBear (Android)

 

 

August 22, 2016

Blizzard Entertainment offers a whole slew of interactive games that are played by millions. While leader boards give some estimation of the number of people playing each game, the game-maker does not always publish a running tally of active players. To find out how many of your network customers are avid Blizzard gamers and which games they use most, just install Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, which includes a new signature for Heroes of the Storm, in addition to our long-standing application signatures for the World of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft series.

  • Heroes of the Storm

 

 

August 15, 2016

Wikipedia is where everyone goes for information – right? Well, that depends on whether they get charged for the data usage or not. According to keynote session discussions at GSMA MOBILE 360 AFRICA this past July, zero-rating applications like Wikipedia is a proven way to drive service penetration in markets that are highly price-sensitive, and to establish usage habits that eventually can move from subsidized to non-subsidized plans. Exempting a specific application from the user’s data cap requires accurate identification, monitoring and charging enforcement. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack we added a signature for Wikipedia so you can make this essential data service more affordable, and in the process, enable unbridled access to knowledge for your customers. 

  • Wikipedia

 

 

August 8, 2016

Candy Crush? Forget about it. The biggest game right now is Pokémon Go. Sources say that this new summer craze has upwards of 25 million daily active users, who are trying to catch Pokémon on their mobile phones. According to a recent Forbes poll, 69% of users play the game at work, which in addition to driving some bosses and co-workers crazy, is having no small impact on productivity. While signs and emails warning employees to abstain during work hours is one way to deal with the phenomenon, savvy enterprises can make game-playing part of their Acceptable Use Policy by monitoring employee use of gaming applications and limiting access during key work hours. In addition to the many gaming applications that Allot already supports, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack supports Venusaur, Charizard, Pikachu, and all the other Pokémon in:

  • Pokémon Go

 

 

August 3, 2016

VPN applications that allow Internet users to maintain their privacy online have become quite popular on Android and iPhone devices. As these tools get easier to use, they also proliferate, giving mobile users lots of choice regarding how private and anonymous they want or need to be. In addition to the many anonymizer applications that Allot already supports, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack adds granular signatures that enable you to track usage of these global VPN services:

  • VPN Master (Android)
  • TunnelBear (iPhone)
  • Hotspot Shield (Android, iPhone)

 

 

July 26, 2016

How many different instant messaging and chat applications does the market need? There is always room for more, especially if the app adds a new twist that makes it easy and convenient to use. That’s where IMO fits in. Normally, preinstalled apps, like Google Talk on Android, let users chat only with other Google/Gmail users. IMO extends your chat reach by letting you chat with people who have accounts on Yahoo! Messenger, MSN, Facebook, Google Talk, Jabber, MySpace, Hyves, VKontakte, or any of the dozens of popular chat services. No need to sign into your web-based IM client, or for your friends to have the same client on their phones. That would account for the app’s more than 100 million users to date. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack provides granular signatures for IMO so you can track usage of:

  • IMO (text)
  • IMO Calls (Voice)

 

 

July 12, 2016

The imperative to provide customers with access to more value-added content continues to grow. In the UK, BBC iPlayer, the BBC’s Internet catch-up service for television and radio news and entertainment, has proved to be so popular that it has migrated to operators’ offerings, as part of their video on demand services, with some operators providing it as a “red button” service from set-top boxes. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we have introduced the signature specifically for the iPlayer radio streaming service:

  • iPlayer Radio (streaming music)

 

 

July 4, 2016

How do video game developers and publishers like Rockstar Games keep customers playing day after day? With DLCs. After a big new release hits the Internet, a steady stream of downloadable content (DLC) packages containing new characters, assets, and story plots are made available over time. When a new DLC drops, playtime spikes significantly as gamers try out all the new stuff with their friends. The latest DLC for Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5), released on June 7, 2016, is causing a stir as Xbox One, Playstation, and PC users dive into Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. To assure quality of experience for millions of aspiring “kingpins,” broadband service providers should be using Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, which uses granular gaming signatures to identify Grand Theft Auto 5 in particular as well as usage of Rockstar Games in general:

  • GTA 5 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
  • Rockstar Games (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

 

 

June 27, 2016

While free new maps, game modes, weapons, etc. have been launched each month since Halo 5: Guardians hit the shelves last October, the last and biggest of these free content releases – Warzone Firefight – will be available starting June 29, 2016. In celebration, the full game of Halo 5 will be available for free download and play from June 29 to July 5 to Xbox Live Gold members. Service providers who want to assure quality of experience for their online “Spartans” can use Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, which includes a granular signature for:

  • Halo 5

 

 

June 20, 2016

Gamers wait for new releases of their favorite games with great anticipation. The build-up to a new release is accompanied by a countdown clock, a trailer that shows off new characters and capabilities, and online forums where users weigh in on every aspect of the game and its expected enhancements. For example, the highly popular Battlefield game is already counting down to the next release, scheduled for November of this year. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we added a granular signature for Battlefield 4, which runs on XBox One, PC, and PlayStation 3/4, and laid the groundwork for future releases so you can monitor and assure the gamer experience:

  • Battlefield 4

 

 

June 13, 2016

Private VPN services provided by the Tor project are used by millions the world over, including IT professionals, law enforcement, journalists, bloggers, business execs, researchers and everyday users who want to protect their privacy. A number of applications, like bridges and pluggable transports have sprouted up around Tor to improve the privacy and the experience. Some Tor browsers provide bridges by default. And if not, these tools can be downloaded at any time. A bridge is a tool that makes Tor traffic look like any other traffic, such that censors and other monitors do not identify it as Tor per se. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we refined our signature for the Tor obfs4 safe transport, to assure accruate identification of this kind of traffic on your network:

  • Tor Obfs4

 

 

May 30, 2016

Online games like League of Legends aren’t just about playing games to pass the time. These games are played daily by tens of millions around the world who are competing with one another to win. Their creators continuously improve the game, adding new characters and capabilities as they aim to make it a part of your life – a competitive sport or activity that you grow up with and keep playing over the years. What sets online games apart from other competitive games like baseball and football is that they are designed to be played in cyber space with anyone, anywhere, at any time. That means your network has to be able to deliver at all times. There’s nothing worse than getting nailed in a game due to a lull in response time. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we refined our signatures for these popular gaming applications, so you can spot your game-players and offer service plans that assure their user experience:

  • League of Legends
  • Clash of Clans
  • Diablo

 

 

May 23, 2016

Recently, users of the WhatsApp application got a message asking them to update to the “Gold” version of the app. To make it super appealing, people were told that WhatsApp Gold was a “secret” version used only by celebrities until now. The bait worked. Lots of users installed the Gold, only to find out that it is a hoax perpetrated by hackers who are injecting malware into millions of smartphones so they can extract personal data. What a great opportunity for CSPs to protect network customers and gain their loyalty! Instead of users scrambling to install anti-virus apps on their phones to get rid of the malware infection, CSPs can safeguard customer devices and data with Security as a Service delivered straight from their telco cloud. Not sure who to target? Just look at the user behavior statistics provided by Allot and find out who’s hooked on WhatsApp. Allot granular application signatures distinguish between WhatsApp messaging and WhatsApp voice traffic – but not WhatsApp Gold – because there ain’t no gold in that ‘thar application. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we refined the signatures for WhatsApp so you can accurately track usage of:

  • WhatsApp (messaging)
  • WhatsApp_Voice

 

 

May 16, 2016

Online meeting and conferencing platforms are very popular with companies of all sizes. Starting a meeting often takes only one click and the applications offer great features such as screen-sharing, keyboard/mouse control, VoIP, drawing tools, and more. Some platforms work only with a specific operating system, while others support all features on multiple operating systems. These online conferencing apps help virtual teams collaborate by sharing screens and documents, and also using video to gain the productivity benefits of being “in the same room” without having to travel. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack added new application signatures for GoToMeeting. Granular signatures distinguish between simple voice or live video conferencing so you can identify this business-critical traffic and give it the right Quality of Service (QoS) to assure productive online meetings:

  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToMeeting_Voice
  • GoToMeeting_Video

 

 

May 9th, 2016

At one end of the instant messaging spectrum, we see a rise in secure messaging that gives users absolutely privacy when sending a text message. At the other end of the IM spectrum, there are apps like FireChat that let you set up your own “chat room” where you can text-chat with others – even when you are both offline! But it’s hardly private. Anyone can participate simply by entering your chat room. Per the online reviews, it appears that while users value the ability to message offline (like when you’re on a plane), they also want the option to chat privately, without the whole chat room seeing their messages. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack added a granular signature for FireChat, and like all of Allot’s supported protocols, this signature will be revisited and refined as the app develops:

  • FireChat (Android and iPhone)

 

 

May 3rd, 2016

Good ideas tend to create a bandwagon effect as others jump on the bandwagon to get a piece of the action. Recently, this space talked about Confide and Signal – a couple of popular apps for secure messaging that is absolutely private. Signal is not alone in identifying the growing desire for privacy.  Consumers who seek privacy have a choice of secure messenger apps, each with its own encryption and message self-destruction features. Since apps are so easy to try, your customers could be using one app today, and another tomorrow.  To help you keep track of online behavior and usage patterns, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack added granular signatures for:

  • Wickr
  • iCrypt

 

 

April 25th, 2016

Subscription video on demand (SVOD) is quite popular in far-flung Australia and New Zealand, where SVOD providers Neon (from Sky), Lightbox (from Spark NZ) and others are fueling uptake and daily visits to their service with free trials and ongoing promotions. The battle for eyeballs intensified when Netflix launched its SVOD service on both sides of the Tasman sea just over one year ago. While daily visits don’t necessarily translate to actual viewing, it behooves SVOD providers to track usage and consumption patterns for their own service and for competing services and to assure high-quality video viewing. To that end, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack provides granular signatures for:

  • Neon_VOD_Streaming
  • Lightbox_VOD_Streaming

 

 

April 19th, 2016

It’s somewhat ironic that online sharing via all kinds of social media and messaging apps, has many people searching for more personal privacy – and security. And it’s a growing trend. Even Facebook has expressed concern that less personal stuff is being shared on Facebook these days in favor of generic links to publicly available content. Moreover, people are learning that unbridled online sharing can put users at risk for malware, ransomware and other threats. The quest for privacy has given rise to a new genre of applications, like Confide, which employs military-grade cryptology, “swipe to read” visibility that inhibits screen shots, and immediate deletion to ensure that your text message is seen only by its intended recipient and no one else – ever. Who knows? “Private communications” could be the next big thing. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack lets you monitor the use of privacy apps on your network with a granular signature for:

  • Confide

 

 

April  11th, 2016

Open Whisper Systems developed one of the most widely respected encrypted communications apps called “Signal” which runs on Android and iOS devices. Every message and phone call is encrypted and completely private without the users having to do anything. Following an audit by independent security experts and a nod of recognition by Edward Snowden, the app has become popular with high-profile legal departments, cyber security professionals and others who require absolute privacy. Want to know how much Signal traffic is on your network? Just use Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack with the new granular signatures for:

  • Signal (Instant Messaging)
  • Signal Calls (VoIP)

 

 

April 4th, 2016

Online anonymity is often viewed as counter-productive and there is a vigorous and ongoing debate regarding the unprecedented anonymity enabled by the Internet. The creators of the Tor project are understandably pro-anonymity, arguing in favor of the many positive and productive uses of TOR by all kinds of people, including IT professionals, law enforcement, journalists, bloggers, business execs, researchers and everyday users who want to protect their privacy. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack we revisited and refined these TOR transport protocols to assure accurate detection of their use:

  • TOR ScrambleSuit (pluggable proxy transport protocol)
  • TOR Obfs4 (TCP obfuscation layer)
  • TOR

 

 

March 28th, 2016

Every so often, we do some DPI housecleaning and rearranging to make sure that you get the most accurate application visibility possible. In recent weeks, this space informed you about new granular signatures that distinguish between VoIP voice calls and VoIP video calls for a number of popular VoIP applications. These same “VoIP” applications also provide traditional text chat, which millions of people use every day. Rather than classify text chats as “VoIP” we reclassified this usage as “Instant Messaging” because it more accurately reflects what the user is doing. Therefore, in Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack these existing signatures will show up in your monitoring reports as Instant Messaging when the application is being used for text chat. As a result, you can track text, voice, and video usage separately for the same application.

  • Daum MyPeople
  • Freeyah
  • Fring
  • GoogleHangouts
  • GoogleTalk
  • Indoona
  • Libon
  • Line
  • MessageNet
  • Nimbuzz
  • Qchat
  • Rebtel
  • Skype
  • Tango
  • Viber

 

 

March 21st, 2016

Fixed, mobile and coverged network operators want to track usage of their branded services and applications to evaluate uptake, or gauge the popularit of their own services versus the myriad of OTT applications that compete for subscriber eyeballs. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack features a granular signature especially for the leading service provider in the Czech Republic, allowing them to track the use of their O2 TV streaming iptv service on PC, Android, and iOS devices.

  • O2 TV

 

 

March 14th, 2016

More than a year ago, cloud services provide, Okta, said that Microsoft Office 365 had passed SalesForce, Box, and Google Apps for Work as the #1 application deployed by their enterprise customers. Since then, the number of Office 365 users has grown dramatically, to the extent that applications like “SharePoint” are making a comeback after experiencing a decline due to alternative solutions such as Dropbox, WeTransfer and YouTube. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we added granular signatures so cloud providers can track usage and assure QoS of these Office 365 applications:

  • Office 365 SharePoint
  • Office 365 Sway
  • Office 365 Video

 

 

March 8th, 2016

We continue to help mobile operators battle voice revenue leakage by understanding how often and how much their customers use OTT VoIP applications instead of making voice calls. As Allot develops new signatures to distinguish between voice and video usage within VoIP applications, we also regularly revisit and refine those signatures to assure accurate traffic classification every time. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we added new granular signatures for Tango and updated some existing application signatures:

  • Tango Voice Calls
  • Tango Video Calls
  • MS Lync Voice Calls
  • MS Lync Video Calls
  • WhatsApp Voice
  • Facebook Voice Calls (mobile app)
  • Facebook Video Calls (mobile app)

 

 

March 1st, 2016

We continue to help mobile operators battle voice revenue leakage by understanding how often and how much their customers use OTT VoIP applications instead of making voice calls. One of the attractions of these applications is the ability to conduct video calls with one or several people. Video calls are a great way to maintain long-distance relationships with family and friends, or to keep in touch while traveling, or just because it’s fun. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we’ve added granular signatures for popular Google Hangouts:

  • Google Hangouts Voice Calls
  • Google Hangouts Video Calls

 

 

February 23rd, 2016

Mobile operators have been battling voice revenue leakage since the rise of over-the-top VoIP applications, which enable mobile users to make free voice and video calls.  One of the things mobile operators want to know is what is the extent of the leakage? To answer that question, you need to be able to track not only the specific application, such as “Line” for example, but also the sub-applications within it, like Line voice calls versus Line video calls. Armed with this valuable insight on individual usage and preferences, you can craft personalized data packages to keep customers engaged with your service and to offset voice revenue leakage. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we’ve added granular signatures for:

  • Line Voice calls
  • Line Video calls

 

 

February 9th, 2016

If you want to profile and segment customer online behavior, you need to get granular. That means knowing the mobile OS and Apps your customers use, and how they use them. For example, loyal iPhone customers are hooked on FaceTime, because it lets them make voice and video calls instantly and easily. However, voice and video traffic make very different delivery demands on your network. And people who prefer voice calls probably behave differently online than video callers. Now, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack lets you accurately track FaceTime usage with granular application signatures for:

  • FaceTime Video Calls
  • FaceTime Voice Calls

 

 

February 2nd, 2016

TOR is popular anonymizer application that uses the “onion router.” Onion Router is a website that takes requests for web-pages and routes them through other onion router nodes, until your requested page reaches you. Onion routers encrypt the traffic which means no one can see what you’re asking for, and the layers of the onion don’t know who they’re working for.  In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack we added signatures that identify these TOR transport protocols that use the Onion Router network:

  • TOR ScrambleSuit (pluggable proxy transport protocol)
  • TOR Obfs4 (TCP obfuscation layer)

 

 

January 25th, 2016

Chat applications used to be considered a distraction by businesses, who thought employees were chatting with family, friends and other non-business contacts. Today, applications like GChat and WeChat are popping up regularly on business smartphone screens, telling latecomers that an important meeting is starting, pinging colleagues for real-time answers to urgent problems, or just a simple “lunch?” Chat has become an integral enabler of business mobility. In Allot’s latest DART protocol pack, we revisted and refined the DPI signatures these popular chat (VoIP) applications so you can track usage and online behavior:

  • Google Hangout / Google Hangout RTP
  • WeChat (popular in China!)

 

 

January 4th, 2016

As Netflix streaming content is launched in more and more markets around the world, cord cutters are terminating their cable TV packages and cobbling together their own à la carte video packages in which a Netflix subscription typically plays a starring role along. In addition, new streaming content channels are emerging all the time to capture both cord-cutters and “cord-nevers” – the 18-29 year olds who never had a cable TV subscription and are happy to connect their smartphones to the big TV screen in their living room. The over-the-top TV phenonemon creates traffic that your network needs to deliver and is a consumer behavior that you should be tracking. – so you can target the right kind of service packages to this growing segment of subscribers. In Allot’s latest DART protocol pack, we refined the following application signatures for NetFlix:

  • Netflix
  • Netflix browsing

 

 

December 28th, 2015

In January 2015, Twitter acquired the live streaming app, Periscope, before it was launched to the public. Two  months later, Twitter made the app available to Android phones and 4 months after that – Periscope already had more than 10 million users who were streaming live video broadcasts to their followers on Twitter. This means that millions of Twitter socialites are now sharing live video streams over your network, and re-tweeting them over and over. In Allot’s latest DART protocol pack, we added a granular signature for Persicope so you can track app and user behavior.

  • Periscope

 

December 21st, 2015

According to a recent survey by YouGov BrandIndex, the two top radio streaming applications among millenials are Pandora and Spotify who lead the market by wide margins – with relative newcomers, iRadio and iHeartRadio, ranking 3rd and 4th respectively. As streaming radio services vie for market share, your network service can stand out as a streaming-optimized ISP that delivers a smooth listening experience on any “station.” In Allot’s latest DART protocol pack, we added two granular signatures so you can track usage and assure QoE for these streaming radio applications:

  • iRadio
  • iHeartRadio

 

 

December 14th, 2015

Streaming radio has become so popular, many of the top radio personalities in the United States are ranked not only according to the number of traditional radio listeners they attract, but also according to the number of online listeners who stream their show over the Internet. Sites like SHOUTcast even tell you how many hundreds of thousands of people are streaming radio at any given moment. One thing radio listeners don’t like is to experience frequent buffering gaps during the broadcast – which can happen when your network is congested. Allot’s Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology lets you track numerous radio streaming applications, so you can give streaming radio fans a smooth listening experience. In Allot’s latest DART protocol pack, we added:

  • SHOUTcast

 

 

December 7th, 2015

The days of download-and-store are fading away. Rather than keep a limited selection of music and movies on your device, you can access a much wider variety of content and view it on demand, without using up device storage space. It’s no wonder that streaming has grown by leaps and bounds. This change in online behavior also has repercussions on network usage. When downloading a big video file for offline viewing, it’s not so critical if it takes 1 minute or two minutes. But when streaming music or video, even tiny delays in delivery have a big effect on the user’s digital experience, so it’s important to track and assure QoE – especially for service providers who want to bundle popular video content in their service plans. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we added a new signature for this streaming site used by millions in India:

  • HotStar

 

 

November 30th, 2015

When Facebook launched its in-app browser, it let users view links without being thrown out to their regular default browser.  As the in-app browser was rolled out to more accounts, the volume of “Facebook” traffic on operator networks naturally increased as users streamed videos and viewed links without leaving their Facebook page. This change in Facebook usage patterns can have a significant impact on operators who offer application-based service plans with free Facebook usage. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we added new signature for Facebook in-app browser, enabling service providers to obtain a granular view of user behavior and the traffic generated by this application:

  • Facebook in-app browser

 

 

November 23rd, 2015

A couple of weeks ago we focused on Netflix, who are rolling out their content streaming service to Europe through local service providers. While global content strives to gain market share, regional local-language content is often just as popular if not moreso! LaRepubblica is one of the biggest providers of streaming content in Italy and ISPs are often judged on the streaming experience they provide. In our latest DART Protocol Pack, we revisited and refined our granular signature for these popular applications so you can track and assure QoE.

  • laRepubblica_Streaming
  • laRepubblica_Browsing

 

 

November 19th, 2015

Remember the days when telegram messages were peppered with “Stop” and could be read by everyone along the delivery chain? Probably not. Those days are long gone. Today, applications like Telegram Messenger make it easier than ever to send encrypted instant messages “for your eyes only.” Encrypted or not, Allot’s Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology can identify the application. In our latest DART Protocol Pack, we revisited and refined our granular signature for Telegram so you can track how your subscribers use this popular application.

  • Telegram

 

 

November 16th, 2015

As Netflix streams across the ocean, there is no longer any need for European consumers to buy all sorts of proxy servers and special software in order to watch their favorite movies, sitcoms, and other shows. Global providers such as Vodafone and others, are now offering unfettered access to Netflix content bundled right into their serivce plans. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we refined our granular signature for Netflix streaming content so you can track how your subscribers use this popular application and how it utilizes your network!

  • Netflix

 

November 9th, 2015

Everyone uses Google –  to search for information; to store files; to share photos, to map driving routes, to conduct online surveys; to hang out with friends; and the list goes on. Just knowing that people are using “Google” doesn’t tell you much about their preferences. But knowing the specific Google services they use can tell you a lot about subscriber preferences. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we refined our granular signatures for these Google applications so you can track their use:

  • Google Drive
  • Google Hangout
  • Google Maps
  • Google Play

 

November 2nd, 2015

The Internet enables all kinds of global communities to share their data and market their wares. One of the most popular video-sharing communities is Vimeo which delivers HD and SD playback and promises no intrusive ads. Its privacy and no-ads policies are driving a growing number of marketers choose Vimeo as their video hosting platform – even for a fee – rather than suffer the constant ads and exposure on competing free platforms, like YouTube. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we refined our signature for Vimeo, so you can track subscriber use of this popular site:

  • Vimeo

 

October 26th, 2015

According to our recent Allot MobileTrends Report H2/2015, a whopping 93.6% of mobile data customers access online social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest at least once a day. With Allot’s Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology you can track and analyze the usage patterns of these applications in order to target the right services to the Millennials, Baby Boomers, Digitally Hooked, and other user profiles among your customers. Find out more in our MobileTrends report. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack focused on refining signatures for these popular social networking applications:

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

 

October 19th, 2015

In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we continue to revisit and refine many of our existing application signatures in response to changes that we notice in application behavior, packet structure, or other characteristics. This week, the focus is on anonymizer applications. Allot’s DPI research team is constantly alert and able to respond rapidly to application and protocol updates to assure accurate traffic monitoring and classification. This week, we refined these popular VPN applications:

  • Freegate (used by millions in China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and many other countries)
  • Open VPN (open source VPN application for PCs)

 

October 12th, 2015

VoIP applications and protocols never stand still. Vendors are always adding new features, tweaking performance and doing whatever they can to enhance the user experience. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we revisited and refined many of our existing VoIP signatures in response to changes that we noticed in application behavior, packet structure, or other characteristics. Allot’s DPI research team is constantly alert and able to respond rapidly to application and protocol updates to assure accurate traffic monitoring and classification. Some of the VoIP application signatures we refined include:

  • Facebook Voice/Video calls
  • Google Hangout RTP
  • Line and Line Calls
  • Skype Voice/Video calls

 

October 5th, 2015

HBO has a popular new streaming entertainment service for Internet-only subscribers. It’s called HBO NOW. This new service has been decoupled from HBO’s regular cable package (HBO GO), and is sold through participating partners at very attractive price points. The trend in cable “cord cutting” has prompted content providers like HBO to provide cheaper and easier access to their original programming and movies. If your network is a subscription provider for HBO NOW, you can track usage of the service and user quality of experience using Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack which includes granular signatures especially for:

  • HBO NOW Talk
  • HBO NOW Streaming

 

September 30th, 2015

Lebara Talk is one of the many VoIP calling and Instant Messaging apps available in the Google Play Store. Its HD calling and messaging lets people feel connected. It can also put a strain on mobile networks. VoIP used to be considered a low-bandwidth app with high sensitivity to latency. Apps like Lebara Talk have changed all that with real-time HD video calls and downloading shared images and videos via instant messaging. And the user experience is very sensitive to latency. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack lets you track and assure QoS for this application with signatures especially for:

  • Lebara Talk (instant messaging
  • Lebara Talk Calls (HD VoIP-Video calls)

 

September 7th, 2015

Need a ride and need it fast? Uber was created just for that. Uber is a rideshare service that people can order via the Uber app on their smartphone. What started out as a luxury car service in San Francisco has gained traction and become a full-blown “taxi” service in cities all over the world. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack identifies this fast-track application with a signature especially for:

  • Uber

 

August 31st, 2015

How many people use a Samsung Galaxy smartphone? Millions. Reviews abound on the Internet, singing the praises of these slim units and documenting issues and how to get around them. Whether you bundle Samsung Galaxy units in your mobile data plans or provide service to consumers who brought their own device, Allot helps you monitor and analyze application usage and subscriber behavior per device. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack identifies the following Galaxy devices and operating systems that are using your network:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

 

August 24th, 2015

Mobile operators are experiencing a growing leakage of voice calls to OTT VoIP services. Some of them have taken the approach to block VoIP because they prefer subscribers use voice calling, however this approach is not good enough for operators. With the growing popularity of video calls, blocking is counterproductive to mobile operators since consumers using video calls, consume a significant amount of data traffic and then upgrade their data packages with larger and bigger data caps. The solution needs to include granular ability to allow blocking VoIP voice calls while allowing video calls, distinguishing between VoIP calls and video calls. A good example of this are Facebook apps that people use to keep in touch; to advertise their wares; to promote their opinions; and to share their experiences. Just identifying and tracking Facebook use doesn’t tell you much. Allot provides a more granular picture of Facebook usage, so you know whether the session was Facebook browsing, Chat, or Calls. An even greater distinction is required within Facebook sessions to identify between Facebook video calls and Facebook voice calls. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack takes this one step further with new signatures especially for:

  • Facebook Calls_VoIP, VoIP calls service
  • Facebook Calls_Video, Video calls service

 

August 17th, 2015

What is Taza? Another way to call, text and chat with people anywhere for free. Taza is available in the Google Play store (what isn’t?) and offers “unlimited communication.” If mobile consumers are using Taza, they probably aren’t using your voice minutes or SMS services. Taza is just one of thousands of over-the-top applications for instant messaging and VoIP. Whether these apps are just a passing fad or the wave of the future, Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack lets you keep track of Taza usage on your network with signatures for:

  • Taza
  • Taza voice call

 

August 10th, 2015

There are many reasons why mobile consumers use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Protecting the privacy of personal data in public WiFi spots is a major motivator. Accessing blocked sites is another. Operators have learned that VPNs are also an effective way to bypass usage charges. Lost revenue from “cloaked” users on your network adds up, so it pays to keep track of VPN traffic and monitor usage. That’s why Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack added two new signatures for popular VPN applications designed for Android™ phones and tablets:

  • DroidVPN
  • TroitVPN

 

August 3rd, 2015

TV is going mobile. Consumers may be just as likely to watch TV and movies on their smartphone as in their living room at home. That’s why so many service providers have introduced on-demand streaming services to mobile devices. While this puts additional demand on WiFi and mobile networks that carry the traffic, it also creates an opportunity to encourage consumers to upgrade to LTE, which has more capacity to support HD video viewing. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes new signatures for the popular Sky On Demand  and refined signatures for Sky Go service, allowing operators to monitor and analyze its usage, popularity and QoE:

  • Sky On Demand Streaming
  • Sky On Demand Browsing
  • Sky Go Streaming
  • Sky Go Browsing

 

July 27th, 2015

People are streaming more content – from news to music to sitcoms to full-length movies – on smartphones and tablets and Internet-enabled TVs. It’s estimated that consumers spend hours each day browsing news sites, listening to music, and watching videos – sometimes all at once! ISPs are often ranked on how well their network handles browsing response time and streaming downloads from popular sites. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack includes local applications that are popular in Italy, enabling providers to identify and assure the quality of experience for these applications:

  • Corriere_Streaming
  • LaRepubblica_Streaming
  • LaRepubblica_Browsing

 

July 20th, 2015

As mentioned last week, Allot created a separate application signature category just for music streaming when we added signatures for Apple Music, Rdio, Szonga, and Tidal. In addition, the numerous music streaming applications that were already supported by our Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology (DART) are now categorized accordingly and will show up in subscriber usage reports as music streaming applications instead of generic “streaming applications.” These include:

  • Abacast
  • AOL Radio
  • Deezer
  • EZPeer
  • Google PlayMusic
  • Guagua
  • iTunes
  • MilkMusic
  • MySpace
  • Pandora
  • QQ Music
  • Rara
  • Rhapsody
  • Slacker
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • TuneIn
  • Vevo
  • XboxMusic

 

July 13th, 2015

Is a streaming music subscription right for you? The recent release of Apple Music has everyone buzzing about their new service and how it will fare against competing services like Spotify, Rdio, Tidal and others. Will consumers pay to play their favorite music instead of buying-to-own? Apply Music is betting on it. Regardless of where you weigh in on the debate, service providers will be wise to track and assure the quality of experience for streaming music services. To that end, Allot created a separate application signature category just for music streaming, and we added these popular signatures to the numerous music streaming applications already supported by our Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology (DART):

  • Apple Music
  • Rdio
  • Songza
  • Tidal

 

July 6th, 2015

You can learn a lot by knowing which applications your customers are using. You can learn even more if you also know which devices they are using. Allot identifies both, which gives you granular visibility of device traffic, as well as the ability to dive deeper and correlate the device-in-use with application, QoE, time-of-day and other usage data. Allot also identifies the mobile operating system even if the specific device is not detected. The latest DART Protocol Pack adds several new device types and mobile OS to our already extensive signature library, including: Mobile Devices

  • Amazon Fire Phone
  • Generic eReader (in addition to Kindle and Nook brands that Allot already identifies)
  • HTC Desire
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Nokia Lumia for Windows
  • Samsung Omnia 7

Mobile OS

  • Google Chrome
  • Google Chromium
  • MS WindowsMobile

 

June 29th, 2015

We continue with our support for applications that cater to different languages with an app that is localized in 20 different countries and can translate messages to any language. WeChat is an all-in-one communications app for free text (SMS/MMS), voice and video calls, photo sharing, and games across countries. Allot’s latest DART Protcol Pack enables you to identify and assure quality of experience for popular WeChat apps:

  • WeChat
  • WeChat Calls
  • WeChat Games

 

June 22nd, 2015

Local, language-specific applications are often more popular than global apps because they cater to local markets. We enable our customers around the world to track usage and assure the quality of experience for numerous regional and local applications. This week’s update to Allot DART Protocol Pack adds signatures for these popular Russian applications:

  • Mail.Ru
  • Ivi.Ru

 

June 15th, 2015

The Hola peer-to-peer VPN lets Internet users keep their web activities safe and private by encrypting their web traffic, masking their IP addresses and controlling the countries from which they browse the Web. The Hola! application works with all major browsers and smartphone operating systems and has more than 47 million users to date. In addition to the many anonymizer and VPN applications already detected by Allot, our latest DART Protocol Pack lets you identify:

  • Hola! VPN

 

June 9th, 2015

According to gamespot.com, more than 100 million registered users are playing Minecraft. The creators of this open-ended sandbox game report that thousands of users convert to paid accounts every day. World of Tanks is another fast growing game that has millions of concurrent players. Gamers are notoriously sensitive to buffering and game delays that may be caused by congestion on your network. Allot’s latest DART Protcol Pack enables you to identify and assure quality of experience for these popular gaming applications:

  • Minecraft
  • World of Tanks

 

June 1st, 2015

All over the world, service provider networks carry ever-growing volumes of traffic. Local applications are often more popular than well-known global apps, because they cater to local interests and needs. Allot’s latest DART Protcol Pack added signatures for leading applications in South Korea, enabling our customers there to identify usage of the popular Naver portal and online file sharing services:

  • ShareBox
  • OnDisk
  • Naver Browsing
  • Naver Streaming
  • Naver Mail

 

May 25th, 2015

Checking the game scores of favorite sports teams and watching clips of the highlights is something that millions of people do every day on their smartphones. Fans also stream live games to their mobile devices wherever they are. It’s important to track this traffic and ensure that your network delivers a good video-viewing experience. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack added signatures for popular online sports sites so your network can identify usage of:

 

May 18th, 2015

Recently, we all noticed that – surprise! – WhatsApp added free voice calling to its app. It just happened. Or so it seemed. That’s what the mobile app world is like – changing all the time. Immediately, Allot added a protocol signature for WhatsApp Voice, and a Tier-1 mobile operator began tracking this traffic 1 week after launch. You can see the results here. You can also get Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack so your network can track usage of:

  • WhatsApp Voice

 

May 11th, 2015

Keeping up with Google is never-ending. Even if Chrome users haven’t heard of it yet, they’re probably already using Google’s QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connection) protocol. Just two weeks ago Google disclosed that nearly half of all requests from Chrome browsers to Google servers are now served over QUIC, which combines some of the best features of UDP and TCP to improve page-load time and make downloads more reliable. This week’s update to Allot DART Protocol Pack lets you identify these Google applications using the QUIC protocol, so you continue to get an accurate picture of data usage on your network.

  • Google Drive
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps
  • Google Play
  • Google PlayMusic
  • Google UserContent
  • Google Voice Search
  • Google Apps
  • Google Proxy
  • Google Services
  • YouTube

 

April 27th, 2015

In recent weeks we announced the new anonymizer applications that were added to Allot’s signature library. This week we focused on updating and refining existing DART signatures for these popular VPN and encryption protocols:

  • TOR (default mode, 3 available bridge modes, CDN meek)
  • Psiphon
  • Spotflux

 

April 20th, 2015

Social Media and VoIP apps are among the most popular on every smartphone and tablet. This week’s update to Allot’s Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology (DART) focuses on refining signatures and heuristic methods to identify specific user activities in these apps:

  • Facebook uploads
  • WhatsApp Transfer (for porting conversations to a new phone)
  • Viber Calls (on Android)

 

March 30th, 2015

Even with everyone on Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn and other social networks, many users still wish their online activity to remain anonymous, and there is an anonymizer out there to suit every need.  In this week’s update, we continue to add some of the most popular anonymizer applications to Allot’s Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology (DART) so you can get an accurate picture of network use. Get Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack so you can identify:

  • SilentPhone (for users in Android’s Silent Circle)
  • NowTV

 

March 23rd, 2015

We continue to add some of the most popular anonymizer applications to Allot’s Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology (DART) so you can get an accurate picture of network use. A growing trend in Internet connectivity is the desire to remain anonymous. People are using a variety of anonymizers such as VPN and proxy server applications designed to provide high speed connections and to prevent network operators and servers from identifying the private details and location of the user. Get Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack so you can identify:

  • Zenmate (the proxy-switcher add on for both Chrome and Firefox)
  • VPNbook (for all browsers on PC, Android, iOS)

 

March 16th, 2015

A growing trend in Internet connectivity is the desire to remain anonymous. People are using a variety of anonymizers such as VPN and proxy server applications designed to provide high speed connections and to prevent network operators and servers from identifying the private details and location of the user. This is a growing phenomenon as these tools have become readily available and easier to use. To get an accurate picture of data usage in your network, you need to identify and monitor this kind of traffic. That’s why we’re adding some of the most popular anonymizer applications to Allot’s Dynamic Actionable Recognition Technology (DART). Get Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack so you can identify:

  • VPN Unlimited (on MS Windows, MAC OS, Android, and iOS)
  • OpenVPN (an open source VPN application for PCs)

 

March 9th, 2015

People are streaming all kinds of information and content to their mobile devices and home PCs. Our DART team constantly refines the signatures for applications and protocols so that you can manage the delivery of this popular traffic. Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack improved the identification of these streaming applications:

  • Thunder
  • Kankan Thunder (Xunlei Kankan)
  • PPstream
  • TeamViewer
  • Amazon Video
  • Destiny

 

February 16th, 2015

Sometimes, you need to know that your customers are streaming video to their endpoints. And sometimes, you want to be more precise about which application or content is being streamed. In Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack, we added new signatures for Sky, the communications giant in the UK. Specifically, instead of classifying Sky traffic generically as HTTPS, we added signatures to identify:

  • Sky Web TV
  • Sky Sports streaming
  • Sky Video streaming

 

January 26th, 2015

Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack helps you identify traffic from users of the Psiphon circumvention system, which has becoming a popular way to bypass content-filtering systems in order to access sites that have been blocked due to geographical or regulatory restrictions. It’s also used to add a layer of identity protection. In this pack, we refined the Psiphon signature to cover all operation modes, including SSH, SSH+ and VPN. We also added two new Psiphon signatures for identifying traffic to and from:

  • Psiphon Proxy Server
  • Psiphon CDN (Meek mode)

 

January 12th, 2015

Allot’s latest DART Protocol Pack features some of the hottest SaaS applications for Enterprise Cloud – Microsoft Office 365. With these new signatures added to Allot’s extensive portfolio of supported protocols and applications, you can monitor the usage and behavior of these critical business applications and assure the quality of experience for users and cloud tenants.

  • Office 365 Excel
  • Office 365 OneNote
  • Office 365 Outlook
  • Office 365 PowerPoint
  • Office 365 Word