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Virgin Media UK to Clamp Down on Peak Time Upstream Broadband P2P Traffic

Posted: 03rd Mar, 2011 By: MarkJ
virgin media uk broadband upload speed p2p traffic managementCable giant Virgin Media UK is preparing to impose a new broadband ISP Traffic Management regime upon P2P (File Sharing) and Newsgroup upstream traffic between the Peak Time (5PM to Midnight) hours. It's hoped that the move will improve the performance of other non-P2P services, such as multiplayer gaming (latency), which has apparently suffered due to heavy P2P uploading activity.

Virgin Media Status Update (2nd March 2011)

After the successful out of hours trial of our combined upstream and downstream file sharing traffic management policy we will be trialling this new policy between 17:00 and 00:00 for one week starting on Wednesday 2nd of March.

Between these times P2P and Newsgroup upstream traffic will be managed in a similar way to our current downstream traffic management. If the trial is successful we'll launch the new policy immediately.

We're interested if you could tell us how this affects your gaming experience over the next few days and if you see any general improvement in latency and ping at peak times.

Virgin's existing peak-time policy for upstream traffic management runs from 3PM - 8PM (except on the old 2Mbps legacy service where it runs from 9AM - 9PM). It's worth pointing out that many multiplayer games, such as XBox Live titles, World of Warcraft and others (Steam etc.), are ironically reliant upon P2P performance. However Virgin should be able to make exceptions for these.
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