To join the internet caps bandwagon and because it pisses me off seeing some people making up baseless theories, I decided to write this post. And I hope someone corrects me if I’m wrong at any point.
I’ll spit out what I heard\read around in short:
* MoC is responsible for the download cap and they applied the rule to the other ISPs
* Why don’t ISPs in Kuwait upgrades their servers to handle the load? This sucks!
* It’s a deal that ISPS have came up with together against their consumers!
* All ISPs are buying bandwidth from MoC!
* Loolykinns lieks mudkipz!!
Well, first, I’d like to let everyone that I LUUUUUURVE MUDKIPZ xD
No really, here goes what I know:
As an ex-FASTtelco employee with good strings still attached, I know how to get infos. Calling call centers won’t help because no matter how you stress a conversation, you’re only going to hear what their superiors told the HD guys to say. If you want to get real stuff, talk to them outside their work domain.
And everyone knows the retarded scenarios I’ve been with VIVA (Waiting to spend what I paid for then I’m canceling my subscription.. UP YOURS VIVA!!), so I’ll try to be as fair as possible.
To start with, I’d like to exclude Wataniya, Zain and VIVA because they’re all sub-ISPs if its right to call them that because their providers are KEMS, QNet, FASTtelco and GulfNet. so I’ll be taking those for.
I’m not going to explain how users abuses their traffic… I mean, I’m not gonna explain how resident accounts are used to share a single internet connection for a flat (Where it should’ve been a corporate, not resident) or those who subscribe for RapidShare and their likes and max Kuwait’s global bandwidth (Yes, not torrent, RapidShare… Can you believe that?).
What I’m going to explain is trying is how not to involve MoC (Ministry of Communication) in this bullshit.
Due to high bandwidth consumption by residents here in Kuwait (We don’t have RIAA or MPAA to stop us, Muahahahaha), our ISPs bandwidths gets maxed every now’n’then which at the end cause slow internet traffic for the end user. So it’s only fair to raise the provided traffic, right?
So they did what a sane person would do; buy more bandwidth for customers. But the prices are crazily higher than before. For example (Not real numbers, just fake numbers to give a good image of my example), If the current traffic for an ISP is 1Tbps and it’s maxed and it costs 1 million KD a year. To double it, it’ll cost 3 millions not just 2. So they had to apply Fair Access Policy. Wise decision or not, not my argument here.
However, applying that policy differs from one company to another.
Gulfnet and QNet are have a specific quota; x GB per y Period.
KEMS and FASTtelco are playing it the “Abusers gets capped, clean ones gets clean” sort of policy where you’d get capped if you abused the internet to an extreme level (Not sure about KEMS, but I’m sure that this policy is applied to FASTtelco).
Now, if MoC was involved in this incident, wouldn’t ISPs have a single policy? If MADA (The company that just started providing WiMAX to residents [People things it’s new, it’s not. It’s just new to the residents market]), wouldn’t they be enforced to apply such rule? MADA is offering unlimited bandwidth for 3 months subscription *cough*I just subscribed*cough* to test waters and then they’ll decide whether they’ll limit it or not. And if they did, what will the limit be?
MoC is not really involved. Yes, ISPs rent the fiber-cable, not the bandwidth neither service from MoC. Long story short, FAP have been applied because the demand is high and the providers won’t rent more\better service. Who’s to blame? User? ISP? That’s for you to pull up but not MoC. As much as I hate MoC and how stupid and fucked up they can be (And how they usually fuck improvements and developments here in Kuwait), they’re not to blame this time… Only this time 😛
Who’s to blame really? Blame both ISPs and consumers; ISPs for not finding a fundamental solution yet (AKA not being cheap and rent more bandwidth) and consumers for changing their purpose of existence in this life from whatever they used to believe in to “Download porn and pirated contents to the last drop!”. Your abuse backfired at us all, and ISPs are just too cheap to upgrade (And if they raised the price a bit, we bitch about it *cough*INFOCONNECT*cough*).
I’d also like to note that it’s mentioned in the contract that “ISP is to change contract without referring to customer”… or something like that… I know because I fell for it, Fuck you VIVA!
How do I know that MoC is not involved? I have confirmed from guys I know who works in both QNet and FASTtelco regarding MoC’s involvement and they both denied it. That, and there’s something called “common sense” that we forgot about apparently and started to jump into conclusions and believe baseless rumors.
So, there you have it. If you have any solid-based rumor or anything please share it with us. It’ll be up to us whether to believe it or not. This goes to this post too.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not happy with whats going on and I’d join any petition or a well-behaved and smart protest, I’m just pointing out some stuff that the majority don’t know about.