Tedious, but it's a good idea to carefully read through the thread in its entirety and even do some research in order to understand the issue, before putting forward proposals - at least if you believe you are making a serious proposal.DWWood wrote:One question though - If it is found (which it may very well not be) that the adjustment to a 2am start across the board does not alleviate the congestion at Midnight will the off-peak times be returned to 12 hours whether it be 2am to 2pm?
I not so long ago put forward some comments about what the traffic graphs really mean.
It will be immediately obvious on inspection that the "step" (presently) at midnight is very real and very significant - traffic increases by a further quarter in a matter of mere minutes taking a further three hours to drop to the pre-midnight level. What I find even more interesting is that this peak is clearly replicated in the opposite orientation at noon and that this also corresponds to the daily peak in outgoing traffic.
Apart from the conclusion that this is largely due to torrent use, it must be only too obvious that the "step" is not any function of Exetel's equipment, but of the off-peak policy and that if the policy changes the time to 02:00, then the "step" will move to correspond (except insofar and in proportion as the downloaders and torrent users fail to read their e-mail). Unless you disbelieve that the onset of heavy traffic at midnight causes congestion, then you will be forced to agree that the move will virtually axiomatically, be successful in alleviating congestion for the non-automaton "night-owls" at that time.
And I am quite confident that it is Exetel's carefully considered conclusion that were they to offer carte blanche on the 12:00 to 14:00 time segment, this would result in progression of the present pre-midday ramp - already equaling the midnight peak - to yet more ridiculous heights.