I was speaking to one of the IBurst Orcs (re brief period of signal dropping away and up to 60% packet loss showing) and it was mentioned that there could be fiddling on the network because 'the cap was going to be put in place within two weeks'..
Oh yes I thought?
Naturally I innocently asked why.. The Orc stated that the traffic needs to be controlled, as some people are 'abusing' the service and its making slower speeds for others..
(Of course the reality is that the happy using of IBurst b/w is cutting into their projected profits - and has little or nothing to do with impacting on others speeds, at least not at this point.)
I played dumb and asked what happens when the cap is reached? The Orc brightly went on to pitch the 'buying extra bandwidth' idea, and when I didn't swallow this rubbish or say how wonderful this 'buy an extra package' idea was - and instead asked 'and if you don't buy extra b/w?
'Well, er..then your service will be throttled'. came the reply, with just a little hint of disappointment coming through in the Orc's tone.
It really sounds like IBurst are hoping that consumers will be dumb enough to spend additional money on extra bandwidth 'packages', thus providing a nice source of additional profit for IBurst.
So the next few weeks will be potentially interesting on a number of fronts, among which:
a) if the cap is put in place, what the service will actually be like after its 'throttled'.
and then something I'm curious about -
b) what if the speeds of the throttled service are faster than what sentech, for instance, are offering as a normal 'service'.
If they are faster, then there's little inducement for customers to bother buying extra b/w - as they're still getting a speedier service than Sentech.
On the other hand, if IBurst are dumb enough to throttle things to the point of it being unuseable - then because they're doing a month to month contract, they'll rapidly lose all their customers..
Then there's the REALLY interesting thing of how IBurst will behave, if the majority of their customers don't buy additional bandwidth and just continue downloading 24/7, regardless of the slowness.
Methinks IBurst are about to live in interesting and hair-tearingly frustrated times.
Seeing as they only have 29 days grace at every step, before they potentially lose all their (month to month) customers. Now that's a fun minefield for them to be walking through.