Zuku is currently marketing their product to users who consume content online. And not just for watching Instagram and Facebook video, but for those who will most probably binge watch series on Netflix or Showmax. Now here’s the problem, their fair usage policy says that beyond the marketing, they won’t let you do what they promised to do, in peace.
Zuku Fair Use Policy system is a tool to monitor and control Zuku’s international bandwidth capacity with the intention of giving all customers fair access to the international bandwidth capacity: it limits the speed for heavy international downloading during peak usage hours. It DOES NOT limit the total international data volume, which an end user is able to download per day or per month using Zuku, and it DOES NOT limit or control the speed or data volume at which customers download all localized content.
How does it Work?
- On working days the peak usage hours are mainly in the late Mornings until early evening hours (e.g. from 11am to 10pm) and on Weekends and Holidays, it generally extends a little earlier in the morning to until Midnight…
- The Zuku Fair Use Policy system continuously monitors the consumed volumes per customer in
- During peak usage hours the Fair Use Policy system reduces the speed for those customers who have already consumed large volumes (in Megabytes) during the respective day and month.
- The more volume a customer has already downloaded during the day and month, the more his speed
- priority is decreased during peak usage hours.
- During the remaining non-peaks hours of the day the customer’s speed priority usually has only limited impact on his access speed.
- Every month on a set date, the volume account of all users is set to zero, i.e. the speed priority is reset
Depending on your individual service package, you have a certain Fair Usage limit on your download volume. Users downloading an excessive amount of data within a month will instigate the “Fair Use Policy” which is much better and cost effective compared to broadband service providers that impose a Limited-Volume-Policy, which stops your usage, or instigates expensive over usage metering, after the Usage-Volume-limit is reached. In Zuku’s Fair-Usage-Policy, there is no disconnection, but the connection speed is dropped to a lower level - once you cross the Fair- Usage-Limits.
What this means is that if you’re converted because of the promise of watching full HD series on binge, you will most probably be buffering quite a lot of time if you do just what you intended to do when signing up. And you don’t even need to download torrents (by the way with a good internet connection you should stream versus torrent, uses much less bandwidth, and you need the space you save anyway), streaming itself will get you there.
11am to 10pm being the times when you get slow speeds because you binge watched means most of the important time you need to do R&R is covered in here. And there-in lies the problem.