(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick

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bandwidth, isps, traffic shaping


ISP Slows Access To High Bandwidth Services 12 Hours Every Day

from the time-to-find-a-new-ISP dept

Over and over again we've seen folks on the tech side of ISPs admit that basic network upgrades can handle whatever traffic growth is happening on the network, without resorting to draconian efforts to slow down traffic. Apparently, there's an ISP in the Netherlands that didn't get the message. Broadband Reports is noting that Dutch ISP, UPC is slowing down all traffic to "high bandwidth services" from noon to midnight every single day. They're cutting bandwidth to these services by 2/3. So, apparently, if you have to do high bandwidth stuff, get it done in the morning.

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    Yosi, 27 Aug 2009 @ 12:38am

    You get what you paid for

    Hi Mike, please meet my friend - Reality; Reality - this is Mike.
    You see, Mike, this "broadband connection" you have at home is result of awfully oversubscribed network. About 1/1000 or even more. Since your "degree" is MBA and not engineering, I will explain you what those numbers mean. They mean, that for every 1 bps in outgoing (from ISP) line, there's 1000 bps (or more) coming down to subscribers (users).
    So, when ISP cells you 5Mbps line, this never meant to be guaranteed bandwidth. This is _maximum_ _allowed_ speed from your endpoint to ISP's inner ring.
    Moreover, it also mean, that on 1 out of 1000 users can utilize uplink connection in any given time.

    This model built upon assumption that majority of users care about "momentary" speed (how fast www pages are coming) and not care about sustained transfer rate (ftp session for example). With P2P programs and HD streaming this model is less and less true.

    And since consumers are not willing to pay more - the result for them will be throttling.

    So, no - "basic updates" will not fix this. You need rework underlying network.

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