Just joined Vivaciti 24Mb Broadband Complete after seeing recommendations
on some forums. Very early days but it looks like yet another mistake.
Although speed tests show a reasonable speed , the network is being
severely throttled during peak times. For example my shiny new "upto 24Mb"
line delivers just 35-40 KBytes/s NNTP traffic, BBC IPlayer is also being
BBC IPlayer speedtest (best of half a dozen):
Download speed: 10998 kbps
Streaming Speed 1: 257 kbps
Streaming Speed 2: 273 kbps
Streaming Speed 3: 258 kbps
Off peak speed is limited, not as much, but it is still there. NNTP has
risen to a consistent 180-200 KBytes/s and IPlayer is over a tenth of the
attainable download speed.
BBC IPlayer speedtest:
Download speed: 11034 kbps
Streaming Speed 1: 1691 kbps
Streaming Speed 2: 1501 kbps
Streaming Speed 3: 728 kbps
There will no doubt be a long list of undesirable protocols similarly
affected by this management.
Peak time throttling to 35-40 KBytes/s on a line that can sustain a
download at well over 1 MByte/s is bad enough but the "unmanaged" off
peak speeds that could be thrashed by a cheap 2Mb service are an outrage.
The most infuriating thing about this is that not one word detailing the
reality of traffic management is to be found on the Vivaciti website. I
feel like I've been cheated, again.
Looking on the bright side, at least I can download zillions of speedtest
png's at full speed.