Vodacom BlackBerry ‘anti-abuse’ user migration ongoing

Vodacom is currently in the process of rolling out their BlackBerry anti-abuse system to all their users, but the actual implementation will only start once they have completed this process and have had a chance to analyse the data that they get from the new system.

Vodacom’s new traffic monitoring and management system was built in partnership with Research in Motion (RIM), making it possible for the operator to view ‘inside’ the BlackBerry network.

“The solution provides the functionality typically used by Internet Service Providers to manage Internet traffic according to various parameters. These parameters can include applications, protocols, users, URLs and other criteria,” Vodacom said.

Vodacom said that the “overall plan is to implement the same approach taken by all other ISPs and manage specific protocols which will give BIS users the best possible on-device browsing experience.”

In layman’s terms it means that certain services, such as peer-to-peer services and large downloads, will be throttled (hence slower speeds) or disabled.

Vodacom said that they cannot currently give an exact update on the number of BlackBerry users who have been migrated, but they hope to complete the process in the coming weeks.

“We’re in the process of implementing the system, but the exact method of usage and outcomes from there will depend on the results from the data we get once all users are on board,” Vodacom said.

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