uTorrent 2.0 and ISP Bandwidth Throttling
Article by George Norman
On 02 Nov 2009
The development team behind uTorrent 2.0 has come out to announce that thanks to the enhanced application level bandwidth throttling feature in the BitTorrent client, mainly uTP, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) will no longer need to throttle BitTorrent traffic. On top of that, uTP will also optimize the download experience for all the people that use the software.

The simple truth of the matter is that ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent downloads for years now. The only explanation provided by the ISPs is that BitTorrent connections slow down applications and network traffic. If that is the real reason why ISPs throttle BitTorrent traffic, then uTP in uTorrent 2.0 is the solution. When uTP detects congestion on the network, it automatically throttles the bandwidth (reduces the download and upload speed, mainly the upload speed). Since the app does this automatically, ISPs no longer have to throttle BitTorrent downloads.

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“We’re excited that this creates a better experience for millions of consumers, and it also potentially has a massive impact on ISPs – greatly reducing (even eliminating) any justification to manage or shape BitTorrent traffic and allowing ISP networks to handle more BitTorrent traffic, without resulting congestion forcing capital network upgrades ahead of schedule or the ‘need’ to invest in DPI or other traffic shaping gear,” commented Vice President of Product Management with BitTorrent Inc, Simon Morris.

uTorrent 2.0 was released as a Beta back in August. uTorrent 2.0 Beta featured these enhancements: UDP tracker support, enhanced uTP, setup dialog improvements, new transfer cap. A more detailed look at the new features available in uTorrent 2.0 Beta is available here.

If you would like to get uTorrent 2.0 Beta for Windows, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get uTorrent 1.8.4, the latest stable version for the Windows platform, a download location is available here.



Tags: uTorrent, BitTorrent, ISP, Internet Service Provider, Bandwidth throttling, uTP
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