New Study Shows That the 'Bandwidth Hog' is a Myth

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 01 December 2011 17:03

Fiber-optic Cable EndIf you've payed attention to the limitations of access to the internet by ISPs and Mobile Carriers recently, you've no doubt heard of the "bandwidth hog." Companies use these "people" as reason to limit the amount of data you can use per month, among other things. Well, a new, not-so-surprising study shows that the "bandwidth hog" is a myth. According to data from a "mid size company from North America" providing DSL, who prefers to remain anonymous, those people who use ridiculous amounts of data per month do not actually hurt the networks nearly as badly as they are said to do. Generally, most of the top 1% of data users are almost always downloading, which means that the majority of their data is used when the network is not on a peak time. Even further, a data cap doesn't do anything to bandwidth, because data usage and bandwidth are completely different things. One of the analogies in the DSLReports article goes:

1% of vehicle drivers on the road travel a disproportionate amount of miles compared to the average driver. But they are on the road all the time. Most of the time they are on the road there is no rush hour congestion.The heavy drivers are likely to be involved in rush hour traffic jams, but only represent a small, not terribly relevant, fraction of total drivers in the traffic jam.Limiting the amount of miles a driver can drive, does nothing to widen the roads and little to keep people off the roads during traffic jams, thus does not help with congestion.

You can read the original article here.