As Internet connectivity becomes cheaper in South Africa, especially with specials such as Afrihost’s “R1 Steal” deal and 8ta’s “Go Big” promotion, users find themselves with enough data cap to make use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies such as BitTorrent.
TorLock boasts that it is the biggest source of verified torrents on the Internet with over 500,000 torrent files in its database. It also offers to pay users $1 for every fake they can find.
The administrators of TorLock revealed, based on their Google Analytics stats, that 8,907 South Africans visited the site in July.
Torrentfunk focuses on the latest torrent releases on the web, claiming to host “over 3 million of the latest and best Torrents on the web.” According to its administrators the site has over 100 uploaders and promises users the latest releases as soon as they come out.
Over 11,800 South Africans visited Torrentfunk in July 2011 according to the site’s Google Analytics stats.
The administrators of TorLock and Torrentfunk provided the 15 most popular torrents among South Africans on their sites, which is listed in the table below.
|South African rankings courtesy of TorLock and Torrentfunk|
It is interesting to see that The Hangover Part 2 and X-Men: First Class appear on both lists. Equally interesting is the presence of Getroud met Rugby (Married to rugby), a torrent with a more local flavour.