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Topic # 7994 26-May-2006 17:18
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Speaking as a non-geek, I'm finding the local broadband services a bit lacking - though it's probably because I don't know the services properly.

I'm blessed with a UK iTMS account (just trying to make out my extensive downloads are legal) but even at 10GB I still keep blowing the limit.

Doesn't it make sense to have different traffic on different services? i.e. a slow, uncapped, plodding one for music/video downloads/web uploads, a high-speed download one for watching news/fast surfing & a medium speed down/upload for my iChat AVs with the guys back in blighty (preferably with low latency)

Does anyone know of a service which offers or is looking to offer this?

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  Reply # 36763 26-May-2006 21:20
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Are you in Oz or NZ? (Your flag indicates Oz).
Dont moan till you have been to New Zealand.... :-)




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Reply # 36765 26-May-2006 21:34
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Dont moan till you have been to New Zealand.... :-)


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  Reply # 36770 26-May-2006 22:39
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Yes I'm in New Zealand (my country is set to NZ in my profile but I'm not too sharp on that stuff) so I guess I'm moaning.

Is it better elsewhere?

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Reply # 36772 26-May-2006 23:06
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Personally, I'd rather just have all traffic treated equally, based mainly upon the recent movements/reports by the American carriers to extract more money from popular sites (google).
Perhaps if they didn't oversell their bandwidth too much and actually get the idea when you offer high-speed plans - people tend to actually use them for more than just email and basic web browsing.

Maybe I'm just misinformed but attempting to force sites whom already pay for their bandwidth pay more for QoS otherwise their traffic will be shaped down. It was covered on Slashfud so yeah, it might be a bit off :)

For providers like Telecom (applies to Vodafone too), there is no point whatsoever making VOIP or videochat easier to use when there is a paid service (toll calls, international calls etc) that they are offering which will fetch them more cash. With VOIP and videochat, they are only making money on your internet connection (poor, poor them).




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  Reply # 36785 27-May-2006 09:24
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Hopefully unbundling will allow ISPs to be more creative with their services and maybe offer hybrid services rather than a one size fit's all / quick as you can approach. These guys are less likley to have a conflict of interest with existing services.  Here's hoping!

(I worked out the flag issue by the way - my work internet traffic goes through Australia so the site probably picked up on that)

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Reply # 36789 27-May-2006 10:43
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In China, I had a 1mbps unmetered ADSL connection. Unlike NZ ADSL, it didn't have the excessive lag that plagued the connection ie pings under 20ms for national connections.

Once again, if internet providers provided a reasonable speed with reasonable latency... I don't see the reason why a mutliple tied internet is nessecary. If anything it adds more conflicts of interest to the providers as they'll insist that you'll use their VOIP service, or rebranded video chat chat.... or suffer poor performance.

And it potentially gives providers more leverage to exhort money out of popular websites despite them already paying for connectivity. Don't want to pay the fee, oh well your site might just experience poor speeds so users will go elsewhere.




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