University students sends city of Canterbury to the dial-up age
With three universities, two colleges and multiple schools all arriving back at their desks at the same point in time, especially the migration of students flocking back to the city, has left my home, the historic city of Canterbury, with crawling broadband speeds.I don't often write Doomsday or "oh crap, it's the end of the world" posts which depict destruction, death to many and widespread panic.
With three universities, two colleges and multiple schools all arriving back at their desks at the same point in time, especially the migration of students flocking back to the city, has left my home, the historic city of Canterbury, with crawling broadband speeds.
Let's do some rough maths (or "math", as you American's say, which makes no sense considering it's "mathematics", not "mathematic"). 31,000 people go home, take away 4,000 because they live outside the city and in neighbouring villages, 6,000 study through the university network network, leaving a still high-up 21,000 packed into one telephone exchange. It's over-cramped, overworked, and no wonder the poor exchange has slowed down to almost a standstill.
"It can affect others but not directly. UKC has separate connections to the Internet backbone via JANET. However, the numbers of students in the area, coupled with the cheap prices of broadband, lead to more students having their own Internet access every year. This, when paired with the ancient phone networks in most of England, leads to inevitable overload, so it's mainly out of the universities hands."
So with my off-campus speeds being incredibly slow towards the evening time, I asked around a few people and many, from different ISP's as well as the same, were also suffering with massive pings, network latency, slow download speeds, but strangely enough, high upload speeds. Jared Bissenden, musician and student at UKC, studying computer science and a good friend of mine told me:
As you can see clearly, over the course of the day, the download speed drops significantly from download speeds in the region of 1.6mb/s, down to around 210kb/s; while upload speeds are naturally slower in comparison to download, but ends up being faster to upload than it is to download by the end of the day. I can't download anything from 4pm, otherwise it goes no faster than 16kb/s to download, which is en par with dial-up speeds.