Japanese ISP to Impose Bandwidth Limits
As a country that leads in worldwide internet speeds, it’s a surprise that a Japanese Internet Service Provider will put bandwidth limits on its subscribers. Only shows that despite the very fast and cheap DSL connectivity, consumers will still abuse the service.
Normal internet speeds in Japan goes as high as 100Mbps. But get this, the limits they’re imposing are for uploads only, according to a report from IDG News Service.
OCN, the carrier operated by NTT Communications, will introduce a daily upload limit of 30G bytes from August 1, 2008. Customers that exceed the amount will first be asked to observe it, but those that repeatedly break it will have their access suspended.
30GB daily upload limit? My monthly download usage doesn’t even reach 30GB. But then again, it’s Japan and one can only imagine what people do with their super fast internet connection. Downloads will still be unlimited and will not be capped, yet.
By targeting large uploaders the limits will likely hit the small portion of OCN’s 7 million customers who operate file-sharing servers from their connections, said Tei Gordon, an NTT spokesman in Tokyo. The limit corresponds to about 7 full-length movies per day.
Yes, there will always be power-users.
In Japan, a 100Mbps connection will cost $46 a month. In the Philippines, that amount could get you just 2Mbps.