Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Telecom Italia DPI Policies - Limiting only P2P Traffic

The following article "Novità ADSL Telecom Italia in vigore da oggi: le risposte su P2P e VoIP da Telecom Italia" - (here, Italian) provides a formal explanation from Telecom Italia on their traffic management policies, following questions raised by Stefano Quintarelli, entrepreneur and expert in telecommunications.

According to Salvo Mizzi (picture) head of Internet, Media & Digital Communication at Telecom Italy, "VoIP applications will not be subject to limitation. The mechanisms for bandwidth management and traffic shaping announced by Telecom Italy will be applied only to the P2P software that use the BitTorrent protocol to programs such as eMule and, if you are not misunderstood, initiated by the download of content such as RapidShare and Megaupload cyberlocker".

[based on computerized translation].

Looks like old news in today's focus on the mobile data "Tsunami", but deployment of DPI and traffic shaping by large DSL carriers is not common, and even less exposed. Rumors are that Telecom Italia is using the Cisco SCE DPI devices.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting that they should adopt such a policy using DPI as it has some limitations. What would really enhance the efficiency of this policy would be if they were able to extend it to the client device.