We can, as we have just done, use our P2P constraint capabilities to heavily restrict P2P traffic from 12 midnight to 2 am. It would have been better, and will be better, for those unthinking P2P down loaders to 'voluntarily' start P2P downloads after 2am - which most 'old' Exetel users do - that is something that Exetel will deal with. Basically we will deal with it by ensuring that you don't stay as an Exetel customer.
1)Could you please explain this. I'm not sure I understand. Should people enforce a speed scheduler so P2P only occurs after 2:00am? Is this the right thing or the wrong thing to do? Please clarify as I would like to remain a customer. Thanks
1) P2P traffic is, by definition, not 'interactive' and therefore it is not time sensitive like HTTP traffic (browsing, video streaming, games playing etc). It therefore doesn't affect any particular user if the file they are downloading takes longer that the minimum theoretical speed to download.
At the moment some 10,000 Exetel customers are starting P2P downloads on the 'stroke of midnight' for no reason other than that is the time they have set their download manager to start.
If those customers set their download manager to start at 2 am they wouldn't be inconvenienced in any way (you can see from the MRTG reports that the maximum use of the network for downloading is over by 1.30 am each day) and the people who are still using HTTP traffic at midnight through to the early hours of the morning also wouldn't be inconvenienced in any way.
Exetel can address, and has addressed, this issue over the past two years by limiting the bandwidth available to P2P applications at various times of the day including, in the past, midnight to 2 am. We removed the P2P limits in the 12 midnight to 2 am period some months ago on the basis that most P2P downloaders had recognized the restriction and had moved their P2P downloads to start at 2 am or later. That worked fine for some 3 - 4 months but now, as more and more new users join Exetel these newer users start their downloads at midnight (and the majority of those downloads finish by 1.30 am as can be seen from the MRTG reports).
All we are asking is for people who, unthinkingly, start P2P downloads at 12 midnight to move them back to 2 am or later.
No-one is inconvenienced by doing this and costs are controlled which means prices stay low for everyone.
Exetel doesn't run its business to make huge profits - we make very little - and we work extraordinarily hard to provide the services we offer.
I, personally, don't think it's much to ask a sensible user of our services to contribute to keeping prices as low as possible by starting non-time critical downloads to use a time period that is otherwise going to waste.