If you are an avid internet user in Nepal, you will be familiar with the term Fair Usage Policy(FUP). A clause used by all the Internet Service Providers(ISPs) to throttle down Internet Speeds of an unlimited user when there is excessive bandwidth uses i.e. excessive download/upload, by the particular user. Additionally, with the lockdown in place and everyone browsing the internet all day, it is likely that your Internet speeds have already been throttled by your ISPs.
Now, if you are a Vianet user who had been worried about their speed being throttled, there is a very big good news for you. Taking the situation of lockdown into account Vainet has made a decision to increase the Fair Usage Quota by up to 60% for the home users. Let’s take a look at the details below.
Firstly, you should know that Vianet implements FUP at three levels. When you cross level 1 limit your internet speed is throttled to 60%, at Level 2 the internet speed is throttled to 30%, and at level 3 the internet speed is throttled to 10%. The data usage is calculated on the basis of both your total download and upload data and resets at the start of every English month i.e. January, February, etc. Now, let’s see how much FUP quota has been added for your package.
Vianet Fair Usage Policy(FUP)
|Package||No FUP Quota||Level 1 FUP Quota Restriction||Level 2 FUP Quota Restriction||Level 3 FUP Quota Restriction||Increase in FUP Quota|
|25 Mbps Unlimited||Data used less than 800 GB||Data used 800 to 900 GB||Data used 900 to 1000 GB||Data used more than 1000 GB||300 GB (60%)|
|No Throttle||15 Mbps||8 Mbps||4 Mbps|
|30 Mbps Unlimited||Data used less than 800 GB||Data used 800 to 900 GB||Data used 900 to 1000 GB||Data used more than 1000 GB||300 GB (60%)|
|No Throttle||18 Mbps||9 Mbps||4 Mbps|
|35 Mbps Unlimited||Data used less than 900 GB||Data used 900 to 1000 GB||Data used 1000 to 1100 GB||Data used more than 1100 GB||250 GB (38%)|
|No Throttle||21 Mbps||11 Mbps||4 Mbps|
|40 Mbps Unlimited||Data used less than 900 GB||Data used 900 to 1000 GB||Data used 1000 to 1100 GB||Data used more than 1100 GB||250 GB (38%)|
|No Throttle||24 Mbps||12 Mbps||4 Mbps|
|60 Mbps Unlimited||Data used less than 1000 GB||Data used 1000 to 1100 GB||Data used 1100 to 1200 GB||Data used more than 1200 GB||250 GB (33%)|
|No Throttle||36 Mbps||18 Mbps||6 Mbps|
Let’s see if other ISPs follow Vianet and increase their quota as well or better yet remove it altogether for the duration of this lockdown. Have you ever been frustrated due to the FUP when you couldn’t use the internet you paid for? Do you think FUP is a good thing for the customer in general? Let us know in the comments below.