Globe Limits P2P Download Bandwidth

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

As of posting, Globe Telcommunications ISP has yet to make a formal announce about it, but they're already imposing a 20% limit cap on all P2P downloading services. The following matrix is thought to be enforced:

1MBPS - 20kbps-30kbps limit download on P2P
2MBPS - 40kbps limit download on P2P

Currently, Smart and PLDT users have yet to give any similar reports, though most likely, both will follow suit if the public reaction is not as averse as many corporate doomsayers speculate.

I personally find it timely that this measure was placed barely a month after Time Warner tried to put limit caps on people's bandwidths in Texas, USA and failed at it.

People of course are saying it's a bad business call, and barring any moral transgressions/indignations it may have, is it really a bad business call?

On a pure business sense, I think it's sensible.

See, ISP connections to other countries aren't like the ISP connections that we have at home. They're not exactly unlimited, and the business model of giving people unlimited internet connection is based on the idea that people will never be able to utilize their internet connections's actual worth when translated to the per byte fee ISPs have to pay for some of the outgoing connections (due to some arrangements with other ISPs in other countries)

Network equipment, of course need to be constantly upgraded for as long as bandwidth peaks rise, since most equipment can only handle a certain amount of bandwidth before they gain sentience, look for a pistol, and shoot themselves. Upgrading costs more than a shiny penny, that I know.

Above is the traffic internet percentage trend from 1996 to 2006 and as you can see now, it's speculated that more than 60% of the total bandwidth consumption online is because of peer-to-peer. It's said that somebody who uses torrent consumes the BW load of at least 20 normal users (even those fags who use youtube whose videos average 40mb per video)

That also means maintaining the account of a single torrentfag who downloads at least 1 gigabyte worth of data every other daycosts at least 20 times as much as a normal users who contents himself in sending email, and answering facebook quizzes with only occasional downloads.

Suppose one in every five ISP user is a torrent user and after the cap, he leaves for another ISP. That means the total average consumption will go from 24 average users to just four average users and still maintain payments for four users. That means the profit margin actually will rise if the torrent users leave for other ISPs.

The decrease in cost is so great compared to the decrease in earnings, I wont be surprised if all ISPs start pushing hard for this capping even though most of the users will rant to hell and back.

Bottomline is, if losing 20% of your customer base causes your costs to fall 95% for the total population, it's practically a goldmine strategy.

Of course, this move is a huge step back for people just beginning to exploit the potential of the internet in the only way third world countries can. As for myself, I'd stay neutral until I see where this leads.

In any case it'll be a most interesting case.

p.s. (Most interesting will be the wails of dramafag torrent junkies who'll pull no punches in making the most ridiculous of justifications despite the bottomline that majority of torrenting/p2p is really just related to pirating shit off the net. Don't be hypocritical, you know what I'm talking about.)


Jherskie said...

i haven't been noticing some bandwidth caps on my ISP. but then again, i also haven't been seeing more than 50kb/s on my torrents given the 384kbps promised bandwidth.

kristoffer said...

it just looks like a speed cap, or traffic shaping, unlike Time Warner Cable (TWC) where the caps are in actual data transfers (ie. 5GB downloads PER MONTH).

so i have no problems with it. i'm i watch videos on the net and most stuff average at 100-200mb per movie. yeah, i know, pirated stuff, but where else can you see movies/shows when our local networks/cable operators DON'T even give us the option?

that 384kbps is an upper cap. ISP's OVERSELL their connections. meaning, that 384kbps you're paying for is shared by 10 other people, minimum. the US/EU users are up in arms about that.

i know networking equip costs a lot, but they (ISP's) shouldnt oversell.

reference for more discussions on that.

Jherskie said...

yeah, i know that the 384kbps is shared. which is why i don't think there's a download cap on p2p on my ISP.

Anonymous said...

People the 384kbps means 384 kilo BITS not BYTES.. 8 kilobits is equal to 1 kilobyte.. which means 384kbps/8kbps= 48kBytes/sec.. The maximum speed you will get is 48kB/s and below.. For Jherskie, that would mean that you get more than you've paid for considering 50kB/sec download with torrents is more than 48kB/s..

Anonymous said...

Basically, if Jherskie meant 50kilobits/sec rather than bytes, that would mean he can't surf at all.. opening would approximately take 3 minutes..


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