Skype and Other VOIP Services Throttled to Death by EU ISPs

By Gary Cutlack on at

The speed limiting crackdown on P2P services and other bandwidth-hogging downloading systems is extending to VOIP, with an EU telecoms regulator finding the throttling of VOIP connections to be a "common" practise across Europe.

Data from around 250 fixed line and 150 mobile ISPs found that many are applying their traffic-shaping technologies to internet chat services like Skype as well as the shadier P2P systems such as Bittorrent, which, in a world increasingly moving to video chat, appears to be a rather unfair and mean restriction on our web use.

The stats were compiled by the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications, which warns that some ISPs are using "application specific" forms of blocking to specifically limit the connections of those using video chat apps. [The Register]