@k89bpa I also do remember that some 5-6 month ago seeing a few megs app taking 5+ minutes to download on Google Play in the area where SpeedTest was showing round 9-10Mbps and YouTube streaming just fine on 480p. I really started to suspect something then 🙂 .
I've not noticed issues with Google Play @glaswegianeric, I'm getting 2-5MB/s when downloading from there, and it's pretty consistent. Admittedly that's a fraction of what Vodafone do but it's not overly concerning.
That's likely more expensive and thus more limited.
I'd suspect that O2 buy access and then resell that access to their MNVOs than the MNVO goes out and buys access themselves, (whilst also buying access to the O2 internal network and caching), but that's a total guess.
I'm really wondering if giffgaff only have access to one or two of those pipes.
If that is the case it's understandable that they're restricting access to 80KB/s external streams because that equates to 18000 or 36000 concurrent users from a userbase of around a million and would obviously necessitate heavy traffic shaping on those external network services, whereas having 10 pipes and being able to support almost 20% of the userbase being able to stream concurrently wouldn't require anywhere near as much traffic management, (or any, given that the most popular services are likely cached internally).
I don't know. I am literally just guessing. I do know though that if data is a high priority though that giffgaff is not for you, given what I've experienced today, because there may be random issues that they wouldn't experience on other networks, UNLESS their non-browsing data usage is on popular services only.
Honestly, even though I am not using giffgaff I'm annoyed because I, from what I have read, believed traffic management did not apply to the metered packages and that is blatantly not the case given what I've experienced today.
There will be ways to mitigate against it, I bet a VPN would see the videos playing without interruption, (in fact... let's try... confirmed, a VPN does allow the whole thing to play uninterrupted, burst, trickle, burst, trickle as it should be), but that shouldn't be necessary.
Whatever the real reason, it's just disappointing, given that it's not happened on any of the other ISPs I've used, and sure they're MNO vs MNVO but it shouldn't make a difference for a video which is 30MB in size or less, (the size of those at 270p resolution in the link first posted - they're about 5MB per 1 minute of watch time).