Virgin Media to trail P2P throttling

The cable TV, phone and broadband provider Virgin Media will be trailing a new traffic management system that will slow down the upload speeds for P2P use.

If this system proves successful, then the ISP will be implementing right across the board with immediate effect. The throttling will take place between 17:00 and 00:00 in the week and between 12:00 and 00:00 at weekends.

According to a blog posting by the internet service provider, “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.”

Already users have noticed that some online games such as Rift and World of Warcraft are almost unplayable during the throttling period.

Source [PC Advisor]