But since telekom says the speed limit won’t take effect until 2016 and the market is changing rapidly, it’s still hard to predict what the consequences will be:
Who will be subject to the caps?
First of all, it’s only about new customers who have a contract from 2. May 2013 to abschlieben. "Existing contracts are not affected by the changes," telekom promised in its announcement on monday. The speed brake is not expected to take effect "before 2016".
What is the likelihood that an ordinary household will exceed the cap in its tariff??
It’s hard to say today with a view to 2016. According to telekom, a customer today has an average of 15 to 20 gigabytes per month. This fits several times into the lowest announced data cap of 75 gigabytes for connections with a speed of up to 16 mbit per second. However, video consumption from the net is increasing rapidly. New TV sets are internet-enabled, broadcasters are expanding their media libraries, and more and more services are offering streaming of movies and series.
So the data hunger of german households can still grow strongly until 2016.
How far can you get with 75 gigabytes??
According to telekom, that’s enough not only for surfing the net and processing e-mails, but also for ten films in standard resolution, three HD films, 60 hours of internet radio, 400 photos and 16 hours of online gaming. If such online services are part of everyday life, especially in a household with several people, higher usage will easily accumulate. However: the in-house telekom video service entertain does not use up the data quota.
And what about the other providers?
As things stand, the use of entertain competitors such as apple’s itunes platform, amazon’s streaming service lovefilm, or the similar service watchever, as well as youtube, will consume the included volume. Until 2016, however, providers were still able to sign partnerships with telekom, which guaranteed them a "managed service" for a separate payment. Services of such partners also do not touch the data quota. Or the providers could decide to fight against the regulation.
What happens when you exceed the inclusive data volume?
Either you make do with the pre-DSL speed of 387 kilobits per second, with which you can perhaps check e-mails and, with a lot of patience, surf the internet. Or you book more data volume. The tariffs for this have not yet been named by telekom.
Are other internet providers joining in with the throttling??
Vodafone won’t go along: "we have no plans to throttle the DSL speed of our customers."Unitymedia kabel baden-wurttemberg also rejected throttling: data transfer rates of 150 megabits per second could already be offered today, which could be increased to 400 mbit/s with a few technical adjustments. At kabel deutschland, on the other hand, there are already data limits – but they work differently than at telekom. A daily volume of 10 gigabytes is planned, after which the speed can be throttled. Currently, however, it only happens from 60 GB a day. And at 1&1, for example, the principle is part and parcel of the cheapest rate: up to 100 GB per month, you surf at up to 16 mbit per second, after that only at the slowest DSL speed of 1 mbit/second.