Feb 11, 2013

Geeks doubt motives of Telstra’s ‘shaping’ trial

Telstra says it's speed-shaping trial of peer-to-peer internet traffic isn't about copyright infringements but customer service and peak access. But users are highly cynical of the motives.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster


Technology writer and broadcaster

Telstra says its plan to trial the “shaping”, or slowing down, of peer-to-peer file distribution traffic at peak periods has nothing to do with fighting copyright infringement. But cynicism abounds.

Telstra followed up its original announcement, as discussed by Crikey on Wednesday, with a response late Friday: “Trialling New Network Management Techniques — Myth Buster“. The telco stresses slowing down P2P traffic is just one of the options being tested in their traffic management trial, that this is solely about network management, and that while deep packet inspection (or DPI) will be used to identify the P2P traffic, they won’t be monitoring or tracking anything else:

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4 thoughts on “Geeks doubt motives of Telstra’s ‘shaping’ trial

  1. John Bennetts

    If Telsra’s priority was truly its customers, as stated, then why have they not progressed their task TT 1-116727250334, which is about astonishingly slow data speeds for one particular customer – me.

    Often enough, even Crikey’s page cannot load due to glacially slow data speeds. This came about because of deteriorating quality of the unmaintained copper system and the resulting need to use the expensive 4G system. There is no technical alternative available to me apart from satellite; no competition. I’m several km’s from the centre of a town of almost 20k citizens, in an area zoned Rural Residential.

    No wonder I support the NBN. The market has so abysmally failed since Telstra was sold that drastic action is needed.

  2. Harry1951

    Roll on the NBN! In the meantime, another reason to avoid Telstra whenever practicable.

  3. floorer

    I’ve read gpon’s posts (40) too. He’s entertaining an articulate but still comes across as a whingeing I’m loosing my toy teenager. The way more interesting commenter in this thread is Drat. The Telstra rep. I’m guessing he/she has Judith Sloan posters on the walls. For those not familiar go to the thread and click on Drat’s name, all their posts in that thread will appear in a list of their other contributions. I wonder if company reps get more latitude on whirlpool than others.

  4. Andy Hower

    Telstra has been true to their motives since then. Their partners still trust them. In fact, I noticed that there are more Telstra dealers as compared before. Com2 Communications is one of their dealers and I have yet to heard from them. They listed a new set of products here which means they are still in good partnership with Telstra.

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