Xtra to continue limiting P2P even with cap

Telecom's ISP Xtra will continue to throttle bandwidth for peer-to-peer (P2P) applications even after it has introduced the 5GB cap for international traffic on its JetStream Starter high-speed offering.

Telecom's ISP Xtra will continue to throttle bandwidth for peer-to-peer (P2P) applications even after it has introduced the 5GB cap for international traffic on its JetStream Starter high-speed offering.

JetStream Starter, which replaces JetStart, is Telecom's entry level DSL offering, running at 128Kbit/s. Originally a flat-rate offering with no traffic limit, Xtra has announced it will be capped at 5GB a month from June 10.

Xtra has admitted it "manages bandwidth" for its JetStart customers in the form of limiting the amount of bandwidth available for P2P applications, such as KaZaA and other file sharing apps, generating protest among high-end users.

That limitation will continue, according to spokesman Matt Bostwick, while Xtra assesses the impact of its new capped service.

Bostwick says the ISP will continue to "closely monitor" the situation, particularly with regard to customers running servers over their JetStream Starter connections: something that is prohibited under the terms and conditions.

"This is a case of trying to provide the best service we can across all our customers."

Bostwick points out that most of the country's other ISPs also cap JetStream Starter for the same reason. World-Net has recently introduced a 10GB/month limit and Quicksilver has a 7GB/month limit, although is considering moving to a 10GB/month limit.

The cap only applies to JetStream Starter users and not to those on JetStream's full-speed plans.

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