The big picture on broadband QOS

Posted on March 13, 2008  /  2 Comments

Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam – New York Times

For months there has been a rising chorus of alarm about the surging growth in the amount of data flying across the Internet. The threat, according to some industry groups, analysts and researchers, stems mainly from the increasing visual richness of online communications and entertainment — video clips and movies, social networks and multiplayer games.

Moving images, far more than words or sounds, are hefty rivers of digital bits as they traverse the Internet’s pipes and gateways, requiring, in industry parlance, more bandwidth. Last year, by one estimate, the video site YouTube, owned by Google, consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet did in 2000.

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  1. I have seen advertisements for Dialog WiMAX contain a reference to a Fair Use Policy. In that they state that the speeds of ‘high users’ will be restricted. The quotas they mention are ridiculously low. For example they define a high user as someone who downloads or uploads more a 4GB per 30 days. This is for the 1Mbps package. If this policy is implemented anyone using their connections for anything multimedia will exceed the limit and end up with a connection only slightly faster than dial-up but costing upwards of 3000/- a month.

    I know its not ethical. Rather than investing in more hardware and bandwidth they choose to show us the sun and give us a lightbulb! They promise an unlimited package but in practice its useless for anything but reading CNN and getting cricket updates. One doesn’t have to use P2P to exceed this limit!!

    Is this practice legal? Does anyone know if the TRC is aware of this?

  2. Since the pricing models of different packages of broadband services offered by operators are different, I would like to see a “Monetary Dimension” being included in LIRNEasia’s methodology of measuring BBand QOSE.
    Simply to see how much worth are we getting out of a Rupee spent on BBand.
    This will provide a fair basis to compare I hope.