These are the worst countries when it comes to throttling BitTorrent traffic

By Jos ยท 22 replies
Jan 24, 2014
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  1. Back in 2009 Google and a group of partners formed the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) platform, an open project of distributed servers meant to help researchers gauge just how well an internet connection is working, and conversely help customers determine if...

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  2. Who the hell is Zouth Africa?
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  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    It's at the opposite end of the Zafrican subcontinent from Zorth Africa.

    Zif you were traveling from Zeast Africa toward Zest Africa, you would hang a Zright.
    Puiu, Jad Chaar, havok585 and 3 others like this.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,002   +1,322

    Not to be confused with zorth and zouth america.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Certainly not! To get to Zouth Africa, you would have to fly directly over the Zorth Pole from the Minneapolis-St.Paul area.

    (I'm not sure about that. You might have to leave from Cleveland. Let me check my Zaps).
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  6. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 719   +236

    As a person from South Africa I approve of this message :)

    On topic tho, torrent traffic is a problem. It breaks the Internet because it creates thousands of half open connections totally locking up the CPU's in routers etc.
    It wouldn't be such an issue if they reworked the protocol so that it doesn't flood so badly and cause such severe network degradation.
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  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    Lol, we, residents of the Philippines are among those with slow (and throttled) internet speed in the world.

    but luckily, (globe telecom) my ISP is currently undergoing upgrades. my wimax speed gets boosted during the night till early morning. my town now has 3g/4g/wimax connection. lte has been rolled out initially in selected cities and municipalities.

    as for the competition, PLDT, the previous monopoly in landlines, has finally reached our town. I don't know though when PLDT (and its wireless carrier smart telecom) will offer a functional high speed internet to rival that of globe telecom's 3g/4g/wimax/lte offer for far-flung areas (like my mountainous hide out)
  8. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,026   +667

    This is based on % of speed to determine throttle state, but does not really clarify the important issue of net speed. It only says if speed is less than X (some unknown) it is considered 'throttled'.

    If I am throttled 50% of the time, but only by 1/4 of my normal speed and my normal speed is 25Mbps (so I experience 20Mbps to 25 Mbps) then how does that compare to a throttle 35% of the time which drops me to 5Mbps or 2Mbps?

    It also seems to me that if the router coverage is thin on the ground, the throttling could be necessary to deal with peaks in the aggregate usage. When that is the case, I would hope that they would pick on something other than my Skype connection.
  9. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    My ISP don't throttle bit torrent directly, but put in restrictions to how much you can download/ upload in the evenings, or during the day at weekends.

    Typically they will throttle down speeds by 60% and up speeds by up to 75% for 3 hours

    I get 120 (soon to be 150) download so even throttled at 60% still able to torrent stuff @ 40meg down.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    I have 1Mbs DSL, locked in for life @ $17.95 USD. I get my movies from Redbox, and watch OTA broadcast TV. And though it might difficult to believe, I'm quite happy with my media situation, both in scope and availibility.

    By the same token, you can imagine now silly all the whining about, "throttling" seems to me.

    One little niggle I do have however is, YouTube videos need to be downloaded before I can watch them without buffering.....:oops:
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2014
  11. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Maniac Posts: 222   +143

    Lipe is right. Enabling the default flood protection in the router will break your internet service, cause torrents behave along the lines of a DoS attack, with all those half-open connections.

    My ISP must be on some insane backbones to provide ultra cheap 1 Gbps home connections for dimes, while our country is second to last on that throttling chart... And indeed, they've never throttled me (though I admit, I'm probably the lightest torrent user in this country). And connection is still rock solid (like 99,9% uptime) even after they've launched the new subscriptions, so that's impressive.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Yeah well, you should put your ISP in your nightly prayers.

    The US is a frakkin' mess. The 2 main telecoms, (Comcast & Verizon), hold prime time TV slander fests, which one can only assume are being incorporated into their billing structure.

    Not to mention the fact that Americans, somewhere along the way, lost the genetic ability to keep their yaps shut. So, the irony is, our telecoms get to overcharge, for competing with one another, and making the highways unsafe for everyone.
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  13. 1st to note.. Comcast owns NBC-Universal, not to speak of some telephone. Other ISPs own both TV stations, Cable TV, mobile and land line telephone. They have a business interest in shutting off Over The Top competing business. For the time being the merger settlement offers Comcast subscribers some protection. To understand the effects of the neutrality laws, you need to imagine a possible future where there are very few competitors, who also own companies that compete with OTT, and have thrown off the yoke of net neutrality laws. Remember, in Zouth Zafrica it was not too long ago that Zelkom blocked Zkype. - by Jeremy Lansman
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    "Zouth Africa" makes me fishy of the credibility of this xD.
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  15. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 453   +183

    It's probably from the Dutch -- Zuid Afrika (the old name for South Africa).

    I think we can safely ignore South Korea on top of that chart. They have probably the fastest download speeds on the planet so even if they are throttled 50% they are still faster than most other countries :)

    Is the graph showing the % of tests that were throttled (I think so) or the % by which those test were throttled?
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Being 'Zouth' African myself, I agree.
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  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    You're right. Although 'zuid' is 'south' in dutch it hasn't been spelled that way for a long, long time in South Africa, it is rather spelled 'Suid Afrika' taken from Afrikaans but the abbreviation for South Africa still remains 'ZA' to this day worldwide.
  18. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    Max C-Sessions and the TCP.SYS driver is set to 10 limit on XP, 7 and 8. When you do MS Update the value will revert back to 10. You can increase that to 255 only if your Router can do more that 200 MCS. Example: DIR-655 MCS is 200 so your limit is 200. Then another issues if the software client can only handle 100 MCS. Set TCP.SYS driver to 100, set the Software Client to 100. Router works as it does. TCP.SYS driver would need software to change that setting from 10 to 100. Software online that does this it will backup the TCP.SYS to TCP.BAK.
  19. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,673   +1,106

    If you want cheap good internet just come to Romania ^_^ - 20$ for 1Gbps, no restrictions.
  20. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,673   +1,106

    I'm pretty sure that it's not the ISP, it's just high bandwidth usage/large number of connections during those hours slowing down everything. Even with good hardware ISP's can't do anything about peak hours. Generally you share the hardware/bandwidth with many others to keep costs down. Having a separate connection is generally extremely expensive.
  21. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    I have D3 modem and I own it, I don't rent it! It has 1 Gigabit port so those speeds are coming but not cheap. I am not spending more. Times are changing. Most of the high speeds will be for higher quality video like 4K Ultra HD.
  22. If I was an ISP, I would throttle BT traffic 90%... don't like it? too bad.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Some people simply have to have something to say. It's a pity your internet isn't throttled @ 100%, which would grant us the relief of not having to listen to you....

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