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Whilst technically not stopping you from downloading as much as you want, Virgin Media's Fibre Optic broadband service will NOT make it easy for you to do this if you download a certain amount of data between the hours of 9am and 3pm and 4pm to 9pm. So, basically, all day then!!
What Virgin say is that over a 10mbps connection, if you download 1.5GB of data between 9am and 3pm, or 3GB of data between 4pm to 9pm (their so-called peak times) they'll apply "traffic Management" to your line.
This translates as a drip feeding of bandwith equivalent to a 75% reduction in line speed, massive latency and huge ping/packet loss statistics. Basically a hideously slower connection and a more unstable one to boot. And get this, this traffic management lasts for 5 HOURS!! regardless of whether you've exceeded their "fair usage" 1 minute into the timezone or 1 minute before the timezone ends.
If you are a file sharer/gamer or even a casual BBC Iplayer viewer this is Internet Death of the worst kind!
Here's a few basic stats - Average BBC Iplayer file size (750MB-1GB, standard resolution) HD (2.5GB+), and bare in mind these shows run from 30mins to 1hr30 usually, so it'll take next to no time to hit their stupid limits and cut your speed and line stability for 5hrs.
I have vociferously complained to them that this is uncompetitive, and also exceptionally unfair given that their 50MB line customers get no traffic management applied to them at any time, regardless of how much they use. In my opinion Virgin uses the lower price payers as subsidisers for their higher priced customers. I don't believe their network can sustain the speeds and traffic on it, therefore they deliberately offer a cheap tariff to customers knowing that they can at anytime give them a useless service in order to supply higher rate payers with a solid one.
Booooooooooooo! If I could give them 0 stars I would!
Summary: Avoid like the plague, money grabbing fancy dans!
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