Tuesday, March 8, 2011

DPI Deployments (55): Virgin Media [UK] Deploys Upstream P2P Traffic Management

A recent post to Virgin Media's support forum states that "After the successful out of hours trial of our combined upstream and downstream file sharing traffic management policy we will be trialling this new policy between 17:00 and 00:00 (12:00 and 00:00 at weekends) for one week starting on Wednesday 2nd of March. Between these times P2P and Newsgroup upstream traffic will be managed in a similar way to our current downstream traffic management. If the trial is successful we'll launch the new policy immediately".
Managing upstream traffic was always an important goal and challenge for ISPs, and in many access technologies the upstream channel has limited capacity, and some applications (such as P2P file sharing) might cause congestion and effect also time-sensitive applications (even if those are basically "downstream" applications, such as video streaming). In addition, is the upstream traffic goes to off-net users, it may impose additional costs to the ISP.

See the post by Mark Wilkin - "Upstream P2P Traffic Management Peak Time Trial - 2nd March" - here.

Virgin's traffic management policy is explained here, and summarized in the chart below (which does not match the above message so well).

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