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Re: Clearwire May Block VoIP Competitors

  • From: Chip Mefford
  • Date: Mon Mar 28 06:34:51 2005

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Robert Bonomi wrote:
|>From  Sat Mar 26 12:37:15 2005
|>Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 13:35:31 -0500
|>From: Eric Gauthier <>
|>To: "Fergie (Paul Ferguson)" <>
|>Subject: Re: Clearwire May Block VoIP Competitors
|>"...In what the company claims is an effort to preserve the performance
|> of its pre-standard WiMAX network, Clearwire says it reserves the right
|> to prohibit the use of a wide range of bandwidth-hungry applications, a
|> list that apparently includes VoIP as well as the uploading or
|> downloading of streaming video or audio, and high-traffic Web site
|> hosting."
|>Hrm... Isn't a VoIP call realtively low bandwidth?
|   "*ALL* things are relative."   <grin>
|>                                                    I haven't studied
|>this, but Vonage's site seems to imply that the maximum data rate is
|>(  I
|>typically see speeds greater than this from my web browser...
| There's a big difference.  web browser activity is typically *very*
| 'Average' data rate for a any single user is probably in the range of
| of the burst peaks.
| VoIP, on the other hand, has an "average" utilization that
approximates 50%
| of the burst rate.  In _both directions.
| I suspect that that latter factor is a fair part of the "problem".  That
| the cable company has allocated fairly limited bandwidth for the
| direction (from the customer to the head-end).  That that 'available'
| bandwidth is *grossly* over-subscribed, on the "presumption" that traffic
| in that direction would generally be "small", and "infrequent".  When
| assupmtions get violated, _everything_ goes to h*ll.  <wry grin>
| Not just for 'he who' commits the violation, but everybody else who is
| sharing that over-subscribed link.


Since I run an ISP that is very small time,
has (at this time) only a single T1 upstream,
all my "subscribers" are wireless clients,
I guess if I have more than 2 subscribers,
I am over subscribed?

Hardly seems fair.
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