PH Telcos need to say Minimum Speeds of Broadband Connections (NTC)

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For the longest time now a lot of Filipinos have been complaining about how misleading the advertisements are of broadband providers. Telcos come up with billboards, commercials, and ads stating that you can get “up to 2 MBPS” but you rarely even hit 1.5 MBS on a good day. Thanks to all of the complaints flooding the Department of Trade and Industry the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) finally is working on a revised Memorandum Order that will force telcos to state the minimum speed of the connections they are offering. This should be included in all forms of advertising regardless if it’s on TV or in print.

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The only downside to the new MO is that Telcos can also cap your daily data volume (downloads). This is a bit alarming but I’ll give the NTC and the telcos the benefit of the doubt for now. The MO is a bit vague with the guidelines on this saying that the cap should come with a “service reliability of at least 80%”. Eighty percent of what? Hopefully this will get clarified in the next few weeks. This might have an impact on users who do a lot of torrent downloads.

There’s no news yet on when this will be formally issued but I heard from friends in the industry that it should be in the first quarter of 2011.

5 Responses to “PH Telcos need to say Minimum Speeds of Broadband Connections (NTC)”

    • J

      I already experience the cap in data download and receive text notification that I already max out my allocated data download for the day :(

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  1. Tommy

    I’m of two minds regarding this matter, expressed in multiple points:

    1. I don’t know how they will measure or guarantee “minimum speed.” No one can guarantee a minimum speed. Your download speed from a location is determined by the number of hops, which affect latency, and the *slowest* of those hops, which directly clamps the throughput. You can’t get 256kbps if the slowest hop is at 100kbps.

    2. Torrent downloading is mainstream and the main reason why our Internet is being brought to its knees. Network infrastructure has finite capacity and torrents multiply by a huge factor the download data traffic per connection. A single P2P download, like a Linux distro is not an issue. The problem is with the large number of people who have tens to hundreds of gigabyte level torrents running 24/7.

    3. Capping may cause problems when a large download causes the cap to be exceeded. Some downloads can’t be resumed. If they cap, they should allow for exceeding the cap, with a charge if need be. But an outright cap, if too low, is asking for serious trouble. This however is probably only a minor concern compared to 1 and 2.

    4. I would like traffic shaping to limit the % allocation to P2P, this one if done reliably will at least keep P2P from killing other traffic. However correctly identifying P2P might be challenged later if bypasses are made.

    5. Telcos need to stop oversubscribing their networks. The minimum guaranteed speed, if it can be reliably measured, can work here. Maybe there should be a pay-as-you-go for very high volume users (the aforementioned super torrent users).

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  2. John

    I hope it will have a clear cut, specific, definite, exact, and what you might call it, speed for every subscriber. I have a 512KBPS subscription on Globe Wimax yet I can bearly get 200Kbps of download speed.

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