Virgin Media: Better Traffic Management

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Virgin Media’s Traffic Management improves!

Today Virgin Media have announced some better traffic management schemes that will allow users to keep surfing a faster speeds for longer!

Traffic Management Policy for Virgin Media from 24th October
Broadband Package XL30 XL60 XL120
Download speeds 30 Mbps 60 Mbps 120 Mbps
Weekday 4pm – 11pm 4pm – 11pm 4pm – 11pm
1 hour threshold 2750 MB 3600 MB 5000 MB
1 hour reduction 10% 10% 10%
1 hour reduced speed 27 Mbps 54 Mbps 108 Mbps
2 hour threshold 3500 MB 4500 MB 6250 MB
2 hour reduction 16% 16% 16%
2 hour reduced speed 25.2 Mbps 50.4 Mbps 100.8 Mbps
Weekend 11am – 11pm 11am – 11pm 11am – 11pm
1 hour threshold 2750 MB 3600 MB 5000 MB
1 hour reduction 10% 10% 10%
1 hour reduced speed 27 Mbps 54 Mbps 108 Mbps
2 hour threshold 3500 MB 4500 MB 6250 MB
2 hour reduction 16% 16% 16%
2 hour reduced speed 25.2 Mbps 54 Mbps 100.8 Mbps
Upload speeds 3 Mbps 3 Mbps 12 Mbps
Weekday 4pm – 11pm 4pm – 11pm 4pm – 11pm
1 hour threshold 900 MB 900 MB 2200 MB
1 hour reduction 50% 50% 50%
1 hour reduced speed 1.5 Mbps 1.5 Mbps 6 Mbps
2 hour threshold 1200 MB 1200 MB 2950 MB
2 hour reduction 65% 65% 65%
2 hour reduced speed 1.1 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 4.3 Mbps
Weekend 4pm – 11pm 4pm – 11pm 4pm – 11pm
1 hour threshold 900 MB 900 MB 2200 MB
1 hour reduction 50% 50% 50%
1 hour reduced speed 1.5 Mbps 1.5 Mbps 6 Mbps
2 hour threshold 1200 MB 1200 MB 2950 MB
2 hour reduction 65% 65% 65%
2 hour reduced speed 1.1 Mbps 1.1 Mbps 4.3 Mbps

Their upload management still leaves a lot to be desired dropping you by up to 50% just for going over the limit in an hour feels very restrictive to me and I would have preferred a drop of only 10% or 15% as this will still hinder heavy users without killing people just doing it once in a while.

Virgin media are one of the only “big” providers still using this form of traffic management. BT, Sky and TalkTalk have all removed rules slowing you down based on your usage.

It is also worth mentioning that it seems Virgin still slow down Peer 2 Peer systems during the management hours above regardless of how much you use them.

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