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Postby insan » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:30 pm

Have you ever wondered why your broadband connection speeds vary so much? Well it looks like you won’t have to wonder too much longer, as some of the UK’s biggest broadband providers will soon be publishing details of their ISP traffic management policies.

As a recent bbc.co.uk article reports, Virgin Media, Sky and BT are just a few of the broadband companies that will be providing clearer information on how they slow down their users’ connection speeds in order to maintain their network’s performance.

The firms claim they want to help their customers understand why they have to vary connections. Once the code of practice – which has been drawn up by the Broadband Stakeholder Group – comes into force, users will be able to view a breakdown of how and when their connections are slowed.

Members that sign up to the new code of practice will have to provide information on how much they decrease the speeds, how long they are decreased for, and whether or not certain services are slowed down, prioritized or blocked.

Anthony Walker, chief executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group, said that a lot of the broadband companies already provide details about their traffic management policies, but the new code of practice means that they would all allow customers to compare Internet Service Providers.

Do you think the new code of practice is a good idea?

http://www.product-reviews.net/2011/03/ ... -come-out/?

Unbelieveable, surprising but a very good news... :D or is it ust another capitalist tactic for getting more and more cash by "eating the small fish"? :lol:

Oooohh baby baaabbbyyy it's wild woooorrllldd.... :lol:
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Postby B25 » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:06 pm

Insan, who is the chick in your signature??? I want to marry her :)
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Postby Sotos » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:12 pm

quattro wrote:
Sotos wrote:These big numbers are often meaningless. There is no ISP that will give you such high bandwidth without doing traffic shaping.


http://www.speedtest.net/result/1186154879.png

http://www.pingtest.net/result/36115453.png


Yes, those are the meaningless numbers I talk about ;) First of all when you do a speed test you should do it with a server in a different country. Bandwidth within Cyprus is cheap, it is international bandwidth which is expensive and which will be often way less than advertised. Secondly, traffic shaping means that the ISP limits your bandwidth in the way that suits them. They might give you full bandwidth to all speedtest.net servers to "prove" to you that you get what you pay for, but when you try to watch a 1080p movie on Youtube your connection to be very limited and your movie to keep buffering all the time. Or they could give you full speed on everything until you download X amount of Gigabytes in a month, and after that to limit your bandwidth on several services. Or, to give you full bandwidth at off-peak hours, but limit your bandwidth in other times etc.
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Postby insan » Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:49 pm

B25 wrote:Insan, who is the chick in your signature??? I want to marry her :)


Hehehe... everbody wishes a super sexy heretic like her... :wink:
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