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Reply #100 - Jul 21st, 2013 at 11:13am
 
Done a speed test just now. Obviously slower but not unusable for me so far today...


Test Date: Jul 21, 2013 11:10:23 AM
Connection Type: Wifi
Server: London
Download: 5.97 Mbps
Upload: 6.23 Mbps
Ping: 823 ms

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Reply #101 - Jul 21st, 2013 at 3:27pm
 
I am in the IT business and know full well about WIFI, how it can perform poorly and so on. This is not the case for my setup. I have chosen my wifi channels carefully having done a full survey of my area. There are no conflicts on my wifi network and it is offering speeds on my LAN much greater than that of my WAN connection.
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Reply #102 - Jul 21st, 2013 at 3:49pm
 
To refocus, this thread is about the recent (june/july 2013) speed issues related to Tooway.

To catch up :-

Tooway started experiencing performance issues on two particular spots. After investigation it turned out to be caused by high data users on the absolute package taking more than their share of the currently available unlimited data package.

Tooway eventually added a 60gb fap where anyone exceeding 60gb of data transfer within a 4 week period would all be lumped in to a separate port between the hours of 16:00 - 00:00. This would keep the, separated from other users not transferring so much data. The affected users should technically be able to attain their max transfer speeds depending on the load of this one port at that time.

In and amongst these speed issues there have been some DNS related issues that only affected the users in the high transfer port mentioned above.

That's the current status as of writing.
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Reply #103 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 8:57am
 
Very frustrated now, all my speed tests looked good for the last few days, then sat down to watch iPlayer last night, no luck it just would not play, I carried out a speed test again and the speeds were dreadful. Speed tests this morning show around 10mb.

I have been a very light user due to the poor speeds  Angry

Although 10mb is good whats happened to the 20mb advertised, I just don't seem to see that is my tests.

Anybody else struggling with iPlayer?

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Reply #104 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 9:16am
 
I would contact your provider to see if you have crossed the 60gb within 4 weeks usage that would then put you in to the same port with other high end users.

I did nto see any issues last night. Speeds were not 20mb but they were good enough to stop me grumbling. you wont always see 20mb because you have to take into account contention with other users... Evenings are very busy so speed will suffer.

I see we've got a new speed utility on the Skylogic test site. Ive also noted the latency figures are VERY low today. The best ive seen so far.
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Reply #105 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 11:44am
 
I am well under 60gb, I have been browsing this morning and latency seems to be very good, browsing seems as snappy as my BT line, I uploaded a 2gb file to youtube which sustained 7mb up for the entire upload time.  iPlayer works fine today also.  It looks to me as if a lot of work is taking place on the system, the latency drop is a good thing, but whatever they are doing seems to be causing the inconsistent service.  I spoke to Avonline last week, I found them unhelpful at best.
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Reply #106 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 11:50am
 
passhouse wrote on Jul 22nd, 2013 at 11:44am:
I spoke to Avonline last week, I found them unhelpful at best.

Who did you speak to there. Ive been dealing with Adam, Justin, Stuart and their boos Craig Roberts. Each of them have been most helpful for the past month.

If you are unhappy with them, did you tell them so and explain why? If you are still concerned speak with Craig Roberts. He's the broadband head there and can sometimes be willing to offer more info than the guys on the desk can offer...
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Reply #107 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 1:07pm
 
Is this issue supposed to be fixed now? My speeds haven't changed for weeks and are as low as 2MB in the evening.

I am totally sick of this c**p! £59.95 a month for this speed is a total p*** take.

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Reply #108 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 1:13pm
 
what is youre location? Are you in beams 23 or 34? they were the affected beams noted on July 15th on page 4 of this thread. Im in East Anglia which is cpvered by beam 34.

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Reply #109 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 1:19pm
 
I am in beam 34, I keep getting told that the traffic is going to be managed but I have seen zero improvement so far!
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Reply #110 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 1:37pm
 
that does not sound right to me. As we are on the same beam we should be seeing the same kind of browsing experience.

Is it slow right now? Have you called support to see what they say today?
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Reply #111 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 4:43pm
 
I wouldn't trust the speedprobe test for as far as I could throw it. Odd that, with the introduction of a new 'speedtester', my speed has increased to higher than it has ever been before.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #112 - Jul 22nd, 2013 at 7:14pm
 
Right now using my iPhone I am seeing speeds of 2.3MB/s. Using the skylogic test on my laptop I get 13.45MB down. Downloading an actual file comes in at 993KB/s. This is the best its been for ages and will not last!

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Reply #113 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 9:51am
 
Speed test this morning is around 9MB/s and my usage is around 22GB for the last 20 days so no way should I be getting throttled.

Bentley Walker claim that my speeds will go up if I download less, this it complete BS.

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Reply #114 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 10:08am
 
Thats pants. 22gb.. you're only just tickling the service so you should be getting more.

When this all started my ISP mentioned some users downloading terabytes of data. I assumed that my forecasted 100gb per month would not even be on their radar.
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Reply #115 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 10:53am
 
To be fair, someone downloading 1000 Gbytes per month should be paying something like £1500 - £2000 per month.

It annoys me when marketing/sales people raise customer expectations above what can be reasonably expected. The word unlimited has been banned on this website for over 10 years in relation to shared VSAT services with good reason.

Think in terms of £60000 per month per 60Mbit/s.  How you would divide that up amongst customers? How many customers ?  Price per customer ? What upper bit rates would you apply? What quantity thresholds would you apply ?
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Reply #116 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:15am
 
Absolutely agree with that Eric.

Ive just been speak with the team at Avonline and they have clarified whats happening with the Tooway Absolute package at the end of August.

Absolute will no longer be available to new customers. Instead its being replaced by the Tooway XXL package as previously mentioned. Existing customers on the Tooway Absolute package will NOT be downgraded to XXL. I will point out that the new XXL package has an included 50gb bundle. This means that a FAP might come in to play as low as 25GB. I'm not 100% sure on that but I think that will be the case.

Also, the guys at Avonline are monitoring this thread with interest...
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Reply #117 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:19am
 
Hi munger,

Does that mean us avonline absolute customers will stay unlimited (i use the term loosely of course) and just have the current FAP policy still in place?

Also do you know if avonline have any way for customers to monitor their accounts as BW and europasat do because i dont even know when my direct debit first payment is going to be or anything.

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Reply #118 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:24am
 
alasdairbailey wrote on Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:19am:
Hi munger,

Does that mean us avonline absolute customers will stay unlimited (i use the term loosely of course) and just have the current FAP policy still in place?
Yes, this is the case. Avonline confirmed this morning.

alasdairbailey wrote on Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:19am:
Also do you know if avonline have any way for customers to monitor their accounts as BW and europasat do because I don't even know when my direct debit first payment is going to be or anything.

Thanks
There is not currently any system available for users on the Absolute package. Users on the lower tariffs see a display on the Tooway Check Portal. Us Absolute users just see "default". I have placed a feature request in to Avonline for this info to be made available. They confirmed they were already working on a system BUT there is no date on availability at this stage. I have expressed concern about this especially now that we have a 60gb limit before entering in to the new FAP.

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Reply #119 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:36am
 
ive just had a phone call from avonline too in response to the email i sent asking about the new package details and they confirmed what your saying too. so thanks for posting that info.

they also told me about a new customer account management suite that they are working on too so we can upgrade/downgrade, check our usage etc so hopefully we will get this sometime soon when all the changes have happened.
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Reply #120 - Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:57am
 
Just had this response from Bentley Walker.


Your account usage is 32.03GB for the past four weeks, which brings it in to the list the NOC deem to be needing reduction.

This is different to the usage you can already see at http://www.toowayhome.com/ using your Site ID: and so we are working with the NOC to enable you to see the new usage metrics too.

I am being throtted for using 1GB a day, this is useless, I pay for 50GB a month, based on a 30 day month that is 1.66GB a day which I can't use now apparently, well not a proper speed. Goodbye Tooway!
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Reply #121 - Jul 24th, 2013 at 9:58am
 
If Avonline are monitoring this thread, I suggest they also monitor the one on think broadband.

Though I do not agree that any change to my terms and conditions are valid and reasonable, I would suggest such things are not best relayed via internet forums but to the customers directly - email maybe?

I for one would expect a professional organisation to act professionally and I'm quite looking forward to a bit of sale of goods and services act fun.
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Reply #122 - Jul 24th, 2013 at 11:55am
 
Ohhh is a bad news for user like me... I don´t abuse, but I need more than 50 Gb.... I hope old users to maintain the "unlimited"  service.

But, I was thinking, on holidays, o vacation month, to reduce the speed (pay less), but maybe I won´t be able to return to unlimited plan.

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Reply #123 - Jul 25th, 2013 at 1:34pm
 
Yer, users on Absolute will maintain the unlimited data BUT there will be the 60gb FAP.

I'm well over that for sure.. Tuesday for example I had a power cut to the modem rebooted at 7am. By 1pm I logged on to the modem to have a look see at the stats and 10gb!!! of data bad been transferred in 6 hours. The culprit was my kids hammering YouTube. I've got no chance of trying to keep my data usage down unless I start banning access to sites like YouTube...

Ive been monitoring the threads over on Think Broadband and the members there seem a lot more vocal about the Tooway issues. There are also a few of accusations against the team at Avonline...
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Reply #124 - Jul 25th, 2013 at 6:13pm
 
Hi everyone,

Finally got around to signing up,

1 week connected to avonline, speeds have been consistant everyday for me.

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Reply #125 - Jul 25th, 2013 at 9:22pm
 
Welcome to the forum. As a new Tooway member I very much doubt that you have fallen in to a category of a high user and therefore are not operating in a FAP where your connection is rate limited.

Tonight my connection is poor again. I am well in to the 60gb per 4 week FAP hence the figures being so poor

Below are the results from a current set of speed tests. The Think Broadband speed test appears to offer a realistic set of results and is definitely recommended as a good 3rd party test site for those suspicious of the Skylogic site.

Note how the down speed is much lower than the up speed.

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Reply #126 - Jul 25th, 2013 at 10:29pm
 
We have problems, it's not right so what do we want to do about it?

This forum and the think broadband one have us relating to each others experiences, we are not alone but it's not changing the speeds we get us it?

I think contractually we have a stronger case than avonline / ?

As said I have not been made aware of any legitimate reason for the problems, it's only hearsay and third hand stuff. I am a customer, I want a reason in editing, as you should, from that reason you have a legal argument.

If they refuse to provide a reason, you have no reason to suffer degradation of service and can legitimately demand 'normal' (reasonable) services to be restored

If you speak to avonline, ask them to email you or write with a reason why YOU are being restricted. If you do not fall onto the naughty step then again you have a legal challenge. You can demand compensation.

It's gone on long enough now and I need reliable usable Internet. Sick of being treated like a mushroom


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Reply #127 - Jul 25th, 2013 at 11:13pm
 
thanks for the warm welcome,

I will keep you guys updated on my service quality,

I only use the tooway for downloading files and updates etc, I use a business wireless 3 meg for general browsing.

I think that sort of speed reduction is absurd if that is what happens after you go over the 60gb mark, it should be atleast say 50% of speed for a further 60gb followed by 5 meg for another 60 gb etc..
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Reply #128 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 1:18pm
 
Hi Folks,

Sorry for the lack of input over the past few days. I'm trying to catch up on the current status - which sounds like I have missed out on all the fun!

I've not been home long enough over the past week to do much testing but I did notice speeds had deteriorated again at the start of the week compared to the previous week after Skylogic rejigged the network. I'll try and do more tests over the weekend to add to the comparison pot.

I did however have a very long and candid chat with another lesser known UK/Ireland Tooway reseller who was suggesting that the situation should improve now Skylogic had started to re-categorize the users and that it was worth hanging on. I was initially talking to him about moving to alternative systems (which ended up being far more expensive for less bandwidth). They acknowledge that the system was/is in chaos at the moment as the takeup of tooway had exceeded expectations and possibly the design limits of the system (for certain beams).

Only time will tell but its great to have so much constructive feed back from everyone to be assured I/we are not alone in this matter.

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Reply #129 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 1:32pm
 
Ive also got the Avanti Hylas system currently installed in my house. The service im using for test purposes is their 5mb down, 1mb up. This is throttled by my ISP I believe.

Ive noted that whilst the system does load up with users here and there, the drop in speed is not as notable as Tooway.

LAst night for example it was below the 2mb on Tooway... Switched over to Avanti and had a good solid 5mb...
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Reply #130 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 2:51pm
 
I had today two good conversations.

The first, with my reseller. He told me about the unlimited package. The package is still available to selected countries, but the package was created for only 20.000 customers. After reach tis number, it will be disabled in all countries. If you are in unlimited package and downgrade in the future to 30 gb for example, you won't be able to return to unlimited package is it has been deleted.

Second, I spoke today to europasat. I was speaking about my usage. In the last 28 days, my usage was 117,5 gb but I am not in the FUP because my usage is normal. I am not downloading every time, full time, is a normal usage, different hours, punctual downloads, not P2P all time (they are monitoring our P2P, because I use sometime in a VPN for port forwarding and they know it) and a normal usage.
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Reply #131 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 2:58pm
 
Hmmm. someone is lying...

Either our providers are telling us a load of rubbish or your provider has given you false info.

From my side, my provider Avonline has said data usage over 60gb in a 4 week period will automatically place me in to the 60gb FAP where speeds MAY be limited in the evenings.
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Reply #132 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 3:06pm
 
Umm yes, I understand you my friend. I don't know the true. I only post my information. For all my friends. Know my usage s very high but my speed is still high, around 21 Mbps at all time. I am doing test around the all day, including night and evening.
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Reply #133 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 3:15pm
 
Just called Avonline and you will be in the FAP. The systems that decide who goes in to and out of the FAP is controlled by software. There is no human intervention.

Its irrelevant that you are not downloading P2P, you've gone over the 60gb FAP and therefore are limited between the local hours of 16:00 > 00:00

I'll be using the Avanti system this weekend so weekend browsing wil be good for me. It'll also bring down my figures on Tooway Smiley

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Reply #134 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 3:55pm
 
The FAP on Absolute is applied dependent of the contention/congestion of the spot beam you are connected to.

For example, most southern UK users are located on beam 23 or 34, which are contended resulting in  the congestion policy being applied to those flagged as heavy users during peak hours.

Hipolito, located in Spain, may be on one of many spot beams (1,4,5,7,8,9. 10 or 11) covering the Region, which may not be as congested during peak hours therefore more bandwidth is available for each customer, including those exceeded the soft-cap FAP limit.

Each spot beam has the same capacity, but some may be more contended than others. (Eric has previously posted the bandwidth details in the 'Service drops to zero' thread on this board)







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Reply #135 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 4:00pm
 
DavidBentlyWalker.

Thanks for your post. That clears up how the FAP is being applied..

That also has put to the end of me recommending the service to other local friends. I don't want any more users on my spot beam....
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Reply #136 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 4:30pm
 
Ummmm very very interesting. I am in the spot 1. And maybe is a "free" spot. Never I got down speed.
My spot in the south Spain has a trick. The half of the spot is over the sea. The same area for less territories. The stats result in less people in average.

Thank you David.
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Reply #137 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 4:33pm
 
Never let anyone move you to another spot beam...

We have a similar spot in the very westerly point of southern England in the county of Cornwall... Users on that spot beam will also get a good service with the unlimited package....
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Reply #138 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 4:33pm
 
David, I have a question. Because you are from Bentley...ls for me je. Is true that the unlimited is or the first 20000 people, and after reaching this number the package will be closed.
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Reply #139 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 4:45pm
 
The Tooway Absolute was marketed as a 'Promotional Package' and will be removed and replaced with a Tooway XXL with a 50GB monthly quota at some point in the future (potentially soon for certain congested regions) ... all Absolute customers will remain on the absolute package.

The initial reported number was 20,000 subscribers.

Here is the footprint with Spot Numbers in case anyone is interested:-

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While Tooway isn't typically my forte within Bentley Walker, will be happy to attempt an answer to any questions you have!
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Reply #140 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 4:57pm
 
Munger..., I am going to do the same. Stop recommending ha hA. And I am installer. Ha ha

The best spot because has a lot of water are 1, 6 (Spain), 14, 13 (French), 12 (Italy) And 77. A lot of sea.... Less people.
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Reply #141 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 5:05pm
 
Thank you David. You help is very appreciated.
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Reply #142 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 5:55pm
 
Tonight...

Last Result:
Download Speed: 9285 kbps (1160.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 5445 kbps (680.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 720 ms
Jitter: 80 ms
Packet Loss: -1%
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Reply #143 - Jul 26th, 2013 at 11:40pm
 
me: (my wife is using her computer)

Last Result:
Download Speed: 16612 kbps (2076.5 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 4887 kbps (610.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 719 ms
Jitter: 94 ms
Packet Loss: -1%
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Reply #144 - Jul 27th, 2013 at 10:58am
 
is anyone else in beam 34 having really c**p speeds for the last 2 or 3 days this is my latest speed test results

Last Result:
Download Speed: 5197 kbps (649.6 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 5651 kbps (706.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 759 ms
Jitter: 124 ms
Packet Loss: -1%
27 July 2013 10:53:47 BST

my upload is faster than my bloody download. how the hell does that work out. its pointless phoning avonline cos surprise surprise their so called 'TECHNICAL HELPLINE' is closed at weekends weird that a broadband isp has no customer contact at all at weekends when things usually go tits up in my experience.
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Reply #145 - Jul 27th, 2013 at 12:09pm
 
Bit up and down for me. Avonline support is open 10:00 / 14:00 on Saturdays. ..
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Reply #146 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 2:58pm
 
heres the latest speed test:

Last Result:
Download Speed: 3568 kbps (446 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 5665 kbps (708.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 722 ms
Jitter: 70 ms
Packet Loss: -1%
28 July 2013 14:50:40 BST

For the 3rd day running my speeds have been riddiculously slow i dont see how they can have throttled me back because of using 60gb data ive only had the system installed for a week and unless im downloading every movie in the known universe i cant see how i can have used that in a one week period.

These slow speeds are really stupid. my rx and tx levels remain unchanged since the system was installed so its not as if im losing signal along the way.

i want to know how i can end my contract with avonline and get a different satellite provider possibly SES broadband from astra as im sick to death of paying £65 per month for a service with speeds that are no better than BT ADSL because they are making 'guarantee's' about speeds, value and technology which are a load of rubbish. the speeds are c**p, the value is extortionate and the technology cant handle the amount of traffic being put through it.
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Reply #147 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 3:41pm
 
I see they also offer unlimited packages and they also have a FAP so I bet they will have exactly the same issues as Tooway during peak times...

As previously mentioned by Eric and others in this thread, Satellite broadband has limited capacity so the issue is related to the technology and should/has to be governed by a FAP thats fair and considerate to all paying customers. I believe the current implementation is not quiet there yet. My ISP said that Tooway will be putting out more information this coming week in relation to the FAP changes.

The recent issues related to speed originate from Tooway offering an "unlimited" package that everyone INCLUDING me have taken literally. Im chewing through 100gb a month...

My previous internet connection was a 3g mifi connection and I only had that because the ADSL service I had purchased kept disconnecting when ever someone called my land line. BT nor my ISP could resolve the issue so I disconnected the ADSL and went with 3G. That proved too expensive to run and had its own stability problems.

I then started looking at wimax. There is a local mast but in my area but you have to have line of sight to it and there are too many taller buildings in my way so that left me with satellite technology...

I took out satellite and thats when the speed issues started...

My choices are...

1. Love it and stay. Curtail my internet usage.
2. Love it and stay. Let my kids youtube all day long and suffer the consequences.
3. Leave and go back to 3g. Speeds are faster and latency is  1/10th that of my satellite connection BUT the costs for 100gb per month are out of this world. And of course there are stability issues.

We've reached a point on this thread where we all have to decide what to do. A class action against our ISP's or Tooway is not worth the effort for me personally. I just dont have the time to get involved. So then it comes down to individual cases and thats what you all have to decide what steps to take. I suspect that if you went down the local Citizens Advise Bureau they would sit on the other side of the desk and think you were talking in martian. They would not understand the mechanics of the problem and would suggest to you pay to speak to a solicitor to take it further....

Thoughts... Am I miles off the general consensus. Am I giving in... Dunno. Maybe its the heat of todays super hot weather thats got to my head and made it go soft....

Woffle over...
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Reply #148 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 3:43pm
 
Using satellite to connect to the internet is a relatively high cost option for people who don't have good terrestrial methods.
Two-way prices are low, partly due to the satellite system design and partly due to very many customers sharing the satellite capacity.
In the initial years of service when the satellite is very lightly loaded there is no way the revenue comes close to covering the cost. Maybe the will break even after several years once the transponders are full up with traffic.
it seems to me that expectations have got out of line with reality. In my opinion a price of 2 pounds per gigabytes would be reasonable.
if a satellite provides 68 Mbit/s for 68000 pounds per month how would you divide up the capacity ? 
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Reply #149 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:06pm
 
thats all very well but i want to know is everyone else on the same beam is having exactly the same slow speeds because if we are then its clearly down to capacity and its up to Skylogic to get this sorted out.
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Reply #150 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:23pm
 
Why is putting up with it and being apathetic an option? 

If a small child kicked you in the shins all day every day would you put up with it?  Because that's what avonline are doing to me and I don't see why you or I would pay for it.

If the technology can't cope then I'm off. But I want compensating for the installation cost and for the periods of downtime.

What I really want us proble free usage.

If there are rules to enable me to get this, I need to be told officially by avonline and not hear it from 'your mates dogs cat friend'. If I accept the parameters to getting good speeds and stay within them and STILL get problems then clearly it's not the parameters that's the problem and avonline would again be grasping at excuses for why the speeds are c**p.

How can alasdairbailey be throttled by overuse? Hence why talk of going over allowance is a misleading reason.

First off they need to tell me where the goalposts are.

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Reply #151 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:26pm
 
Im in beam 34 and speed tests now are approx 2.5mb down and 5.5 up so yes we're all affected.

There is only one beam in my area thats usable. I did run off of the green beam for an hour once before my modem was configured up correctly and yes it did work OK but RxSNR was too low to keep a stable connection and the ISP's are not allowed to point you at a spot beam outside of where you are meant to be. Basically, there is no real fix. If a particular beam is reaching capacity I very much doubt the ISP's will stop signing up users in that area...

Im on my avanti system at the moment and its working fine Smiley Problem is that I only have it for another week before its disconnected and returned to my ISP. At that point I have to lump the Tooway speeds or bolster the service im using with a 3g mifi modem during peak times...

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Reply #152 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:32pm
 
then surely skylogic need to do something to alleviate the pressure on the beams that are being severely throttled due to over population. why should we pay £65 per month for the same service other customers are getting on unaffected beams whos speeds are almost 10x quicker than ours who dont suffer from throttled speeds and heavy congestion. perhaps they need to look at the capacity for the busier beams and re-jig them lumping more capacity on the congested beams and taking it away from the beams that are over the sea and have only a handful of customers obviously without degrading those customers service.
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Reply #153 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:41pm
 
alasdairbailey wrote on Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:32pm:
then surely skylogic need to do something to alleviate the pressure on the beams that are being severely throttled due to over population.


I dont think we can be moved between beams unless we are on the fringe of two or more. Of course moving house to another spot beam would technically resolve that issue...

Dont get me wrong, im sharing all your frustrations hence me starting this post in the first place... Have you checked the view count recently. 4000+ views. There are more people out there affected than we realise....
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Reply #154 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 4:57pm
 
surely tho there is a way for skylogic to increase capacity on overcrowded beams tho because they cant leave it as it is because they are going to start losing alot of customers.
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Reply #155 - Jul 28th, 2013 at 7:44pm
 
In my case, the contract between me and my ISP is formed by the offer made on their website and various claims therein. The terms of service and the FAP on the website form a part of that but do not over-ride anything else unless it was made clear to you that they do, and that you acknowledged as such (by signing or verbally accepting them). None of this applied to me.

Even if you did sign the Terms of Use, no provider can fundamentally fail in the provision of a service they agreed to provide. A contract that attempts to shift the blame to a 3rd party (i.e. Skylogic) would also struggle under consumer law. The only relevant agreement here is between you and your ISP.

To proceed you need to write to them. An email will work, but a good old fashioned letter is best. Keep it simple. Point out that they are in breach of contract, give a period of time for rectification (their Terms of Use suggests 21 days, but you can offer any 'reasonable' time) and then make it clear you will cancel the service for breach.

Keep a log of speed, so that if necessary you can prove non-compliance.

Give them a chance to respond. If they do not, send another letter referencing the first, cancelling the agreement and inform them that no more payments will be made. Normally they will respond. What happens next will be determined by HOW they respond. Getting back installation charges etc. may be more difficult, but this is a start.

Personally, I am deeply annoyed, but not enough to start proceedings yet. As I said before, I suspect Avonline are as irritated by this as we are, and I can't believe that even Skylogic would allow this to continue too long. So I will sit tight, but in around 2-3 weeks, my patience will break and I will write my first letter. When I do, I will publish it here, and you can simply copy / paste.

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Reply #156 - Jul 29th, 2013 at 12:42pm
 
I've started another thread asking about the number of downlink carriers presently operating in each KA-SAT spot beam.

To reach the claimed 400 Mbit/s per beam Skylogic need to transmit 6 carriers per beam, with each carrier supporting 68 Mbit/s in clear sky conditions.

If fewer carriers are active then the capacity of the beam is not yet the maximum.  If there is more than one carrier active in a beam then they need to balance customers between the carriers, to avoid one carrier becoming congested while another is lightly loaded.
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Reply #157 - Jul 29th, 2013 at 3:24pm
 
I have just spoken to Avonline who confirmed that I have been put into FAP again, thats why I am seeing 2mb, my usage since the 16th - 29th is 26GB, they confirmed I should not have been limited, but I have, they don't know why and have requested that I removed from the heavy user queue. 

Is it possible that the system predicts the months usage, as it is possible that I may have hit 60GB at the end of 30 days?

I am moving all my computers over to my ADSL line tonight, then very carefully monitoring my usage for the next 30 days, I will feed back my results and speeds.

I believe we are all being limited on very small traffic loads way below 60GB per month.
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Reply #158 - Jul 29th, 2013 at 3:51pm
 
Two weeks ago I was suffering the same download speed problems as everybody else then come July 16th it seemed that the issue was resolved for me anyway with 21Mb/s download. Out of curiosity I checked the speed today and I am back to sub 3Mb/s. I am a very light user so the FAP is not an issue for me. On reporting to Avonline today they are not admitting it is the same problem as previous. After a number of simple checks such as re-boot etc they are logging the issue with the service provider and are suggesting perhaps they need to get someone out to start changing my equipment. I dont believe that is the issue at all, I am sure its the same problem the other forum members are experiencing. c**p download speed, okay upload.
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Reply #159 - Jul 29th, 2013 at 3:55pm
 
Definitely sounds like the FAP is being applied outside of the "verbally" specified hours OR the beam is running at capacity...


I would say that we definately need a spectrum analyser on someones dish/tria located in spot beam 34 to see whats going on...

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Reply #160 - Jul 30th, 2013 at 4:12am
 
Oh look ..... Avonline 'suddenly' include terms and conditions on their web page - too late as the contract was formed prior to these and we have proof via screen prints of the website at the time of sign up / the contract being made
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Reply #161 - Jul 30th, 2013 at 11:59am
 
I checked my downline speed at 09.00 this morning and it was 20Mb/s so I thought it was resolved again. I have just re-checked and its down to 4.39Mb/s. So as far as I am concerned Avonline are in breach. I will keep monitoring and then decide whether to cancel. I do not think I am getting value for money at present.  Sad
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Reply #162 - Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:01pm
 
last couple of days my service has gone bad, and its as bad in the off peak hours, 09.00-16-00


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Reply #163 - Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:12pm
 
ok something strange is going on with my setup,

I restarted the modem and my speeds are back to 20 meg,

also I noticed that the longer the modem is left on for the lower the rx snr goes, it was 7, restarted modem and its back to 11.

im starting to think maybe something is faulty
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Reply #164 - Aug 1st, 2013 at 4:36pm
 
Me too my friend. I am estarting the modem every three o four days, because the snr is coming to bad values. After restarting the modem, it comes back to 11.5~12

Maybe the modem its causing noise itself. I don't know. For my and some customers is not a problem, but for a unanntended installation it can be a problem.
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Reply #165 - Aug 1st, 2013 at 10:48pm
 
so is it faulty modem you think or tria?

heres my latest speedtest
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Reply #166 - Aug 2nd, 2013 at 2:01am
 
I don't know but it happen to me and a customer too.
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Reply #167 - Aug 2nd, 2013 at 9:36am
 
5.49Mb/s download this morning. It has now been poor for 5 consecutive days. Powering everything off and back on makes no difference. Zero feedback from Avonline since reporting the problem on Monday Sad Will chase again today.
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Reply #168 - Aug 2nd, 2013 at 9:39am
 
Spoke to them yesterday and they believe the current lower speed issues are down to extra load created by children being off school at the moment.



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Reply #169 - Aug 2nd, 2013 at 9:47am
 
Is true or are you kidding us? Hahaha
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Reply #170 - Aug 2nd, 2013 at 9:49am
 
Thats what I was told....

In the UK its summer holiday time so there will definately be an extra load generated by kids surfing YouTube and the like...
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14.4 meg download here in Ireland, lets see how long it lasts
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Reply #172 - Aug 2nd, 2013 at 5:26pm
 
Just spoken to Avonline, apparently the poor speeds are due to the existence of biscuits.
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LMAO!  Grin
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Reply #174 - Aug 3rd, 2013 at 4:06pm
 
Apparently, the speed issues will continue after the school holidays too as teachers will then be using the service in rural schools.

What a joke this service has turned into!

These guys couldn't lie straight in bed as they say, sick of being told utter c**p!

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Reply #175 - Aug 3rd, 2013 at 6:20pm
 
Then, in December, The system will be slow, because the children's will be sending theirs letters to Santa. In February the people booking the holidays in brazil for Carnaval. In others months, the Muslim reading about the Ramadan. On Friday in the nights, people dating and watching p**n. Tuesday in midday, women looking for cooks receipts.
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Reply #176 - Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:16am
 
Well things don't seem to be getting much better. Ive backed off my premium unlimited service substantially, but its still patchy, not as described nor fit for purpose. It would also appear that an alternative has popped up. Anyone got any experience of this?

http://www.broadbandeverywhere.co.uk/
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Reply #177 - Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:27am
 
This service has been mentioned previously in this thread. ,y personal conclusion is that they will eventually suffer the same issues as Tooway.

They are offering an unlimited service which will be taken literally just like Tooway so users will eventually suffer the same congestion...

Hopefully though, some users out of contract will move over to SAS and alleviate the congestion on Tooway. I for one am going to really be pushing SAS to everyone I know Smiley it'll then make my connection faster...
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SAS?
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Quoted from interview with Avonline

"For referring and installing just 10 systems a month, a partner with Avonline could earn up to £25,000 a year"

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Reply #180 - Aug 4th, 2013 at 4:30pm
 
Jam wrote on Aug 4th, 2013 at 3:25pm:
SAS?


Sorry.. Got confused with another thread on another forum... Getting old!

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Reply #181 - Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:02pm
 
System unusable again this evening. Half way though a itunes rental and its ground to a halt...

Last Result:
Download Speed: 1336 kbps (167 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 799 kbps (99.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 720 ms
Jitter: 129 ms
Packet Loss: -1%
4/8/2013 21:59:41

this is getting beyond a joke - everyone tells me the system will improve yet I see no evidence to support this.

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25000 for just 10?
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Per month so -120

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Reply #184 - Aug 5th, 2013 at 2:46pm
 
Admin. You're interjection was out of context and unnecessary. It was a link pointing out where the quote came from. The quote was to demonstrate why avonline might be reluctant to stop selling within capacity and therefore whatever measures are in place to make contention better, will get worse if the incentives to sell are high.

Avonline is not unlimited. We can all see that, it's been said, we get it. Allow people to get it, understand it and go ahhh interesting.

Context. I'm not advocating anyone spends ££ on satellite broadband that's so limited.
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Reply #185 - Aug 5th, 2013 at 8:50pm
 
WTF is going on tonight have a look at my latest speed test guys:

Last Result:
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Upload Speed: 227 kbps (28.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 720 ms
Jitter: 67 ms
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How the hell can avonline and tooway expect customers to pay £65 per month for speeds like this. i might aswell as go back to 90's n get myself an bloody ISDN line i will be contacting avonline tomorrow and demanding they come and take their equipment away and give me back the £370 they robbed off me for this absolutely diabolical service!!!!!!!!!
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Reply #186 - Aug 5th, 2013 at 11:40pm
 
your not alone m8.

this is what Iam getting in Ireland, it just keeps getting worse and worse, I actually left my modem off since I last posted with the hope when I turn it back on things will be resolved. I am running these tests on a regular basis everyday from now on to form up a report for my own proof should things not get resolved at least I have proof of these speeds, theres no way im going to continue paying 85euros a month for these sort of speeds. I only have this installed for 2 weeks, first few days were fantastic, no matter what time of day I was getting 20 meg. then it all started going downhill.

I am just hanging in there atm to see if things get resolved, if not contract or no contract there not extorting money out of me for this claimed 20 meg service which my mobile phone 3g is faster.

also I believe avonline are still selling the absolute package which is not available anymore, digiweb have stopped offering this absolute package as well as other distributors so why are avonline still marketing it!

http://www.digiweb.ie/home/broadband/satellite
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Reply #187 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 8:42am
 
Interestingly today is the first day in over two weeks that I have measured my download speed at an acceptable rate. This morning it measured 20.52Mb/s at 06.40 and just now (08.40) it was downloading at 19.69Mb/s. I will keep the regular tests going. Still zero feedback from Avonline as to whats going on but perhaps there is progress. Not holding my breath.
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Reply #188 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 9:17am
 
I'm using a neat little program to automatically test my connection every 30 minutes. This is not a Tooway 'approved' test (speedprobe) but will build a representative picture of when your connection is 'fast' and when it is 'slow' (you'll see the throttling / busy periods appear fairly quickly).

As I mentioned before, this kind of record will be important in proving that the service being delivered is not as described.

It lives here (its freeware - but make the guy a donation if you can):- http://www.gmwsoftware.co.uk/

You can cut and paste your results onto this forum is you want to share performance. It's a little more insightful than the 'point in time' snapshots.
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Re: Tooway Speed issues
Reply #189 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 9:20am
 
Do we know what the concrete cast in stone facts are with regard to FAP, throttling etc on the various subsciption packages.

I am out of contract soon and need to look at my options. All I know for sure is that if I use more than 25% pf my monthly download quota in one week I get throttled. I am on the 50GB package.

What happens if you are on the unlimited package or the smaller 30GB packages?

Also what speed do you get throttled back to and how long does it last if you don't go over the following week?

So many unknown factors still after all this time.

Anyone know?

Chris
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Re: Tooway Speed issues
Reply #190 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 10:28am
 
i can confirm my test this morning is 20.23meg and 5.51 upload..
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Reply #191 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 10:38am
 
mine is high too this morning but as the day goes on and the world wakes up it will slow down until it is unusable again like it did last night. still waiting for avonline to call me back following the email i sent to them.
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Re: Tooway Speed issues
Reply #192 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 3:23pm
 
Yep you are right. Mine dropped to 2Mb/s at lunchtime and is an unsatisfactory 5.98Mb/s now Sad
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Reply #193 - Aug 6th, 2013 at 3:27pm
 
yep same here, my speeds have dropped to 6.1meg download, upload is always the same 5ish megs for me, I am based in Ireland
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Re: Tooway Speed issues
Reply #194 - Aug 7th, 2013 at 5:33pm
 
I called today to Europa sat for asking about my usage. My month started on 11, and today I have used 96 gb. Still my speed is on 20/6 aprox
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Re: Tooway Speed issues
Reply #195 - Aug 7th, 2013 at 6:43pm
 
i think the fap only comes in to effect if the spot beam is busy. in youre case, its probably not because most of it is over the sea
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Reply #196 - Aug 7th, 2013 at 9:22pm
 
Yes mr munger. I think so. Is my spot is free, all for me
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Reply #197 - Aug 8th, 2013 at 11:21pm
 
another update from me,

iv been running speed tests all day, and can confirm that from about 3.30 pm onwards the speeds gradually reduced from 20 meg, at present 23.15pm the speeds have reduced to 1.3 meg download and 5.6 upload,

I am starting to come to the conclusion that tooway is never going to get any better but only get worse, a high percentage of users are leaving there pcs on overnight while they sleep and download, from late afternoon to midnight you have users on surfing youtube etc..

the only time tooway is usable is very early in the am to about mid-day. which tbh is useless for anyone that goes to work during the day.

the same pattern happens over the last 2 weeks since I have joined tooway. there are too many users now and they keep selling packages instead of ceasing to take new customers until spots are freed up.

to anyone reading this and thinking of getting tooway, do not bother,
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Reply #198 - Aug 9th, 2013 at 6:36pm
 
c**p service this evening.

Spoke to Justin at Avonline at 5:45 this evening and he confirmed that I've downloaded 53gb in the past 4 weeks. 2gb of which was downloaded today. I asked as to why I was being placed inside the FAP that is now in place. He could not answer that question. They offered to attend site and remove the kit and cancel the contract without fee...
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Re: Tooway Speed issues
Reply #199 - Aug 9th, 2013 at 8:22pm
 
wow that's mad, maybe there trying to get the high usage people off the system with orders from skylogic? if you don't mind me asking what sort of material is it your downloading! torrents?

For me I cant download torrents, even with full speed torrents wont go above 80k/sec.

in a way im lucky as I have a business wireless connection 3 meg that I use for general use, I only use the sat for system updates and downloading big files from work..

heres my test just now, its the best its been for evenings in  a while, most likely due to it being a Friday night and most are out and about.,
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