[LINK] Telstra “Game Optimiser” Snake Oil?

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Thu Sep 24 09:27:50 AEST 2020

On Thu, 2020-09-24 at 08:55 +1000, Tom Worthington wrote:
> According to Leigh Stark Telstra is planning to charge $10 a month
> for a “Game Optimiser” to "prioritise traffic to gaming devices".
> Will this really improve gaming? 
> https://www.pickr.com.au/news/2020/telstra-starts-testing-game-optimiser-for-its-nbn-customers/

Consider for  moment what they will do if *everybody* pays the extra.
Network bandwidth is a zero sum game. This service, if real, *depends*
on taking something away from someone else.

Today they hold the gamers to ransom, because nobody will defend them
(and because in many cases they use clearly identifiable ports and
protocols), tomorrow it'll be a "business surcharge" to "prioritise"
something else.

It's either snake oil and they are hoping gamers will pay extra for
nothing at all, or this is the beginning of a very nasty attack. I
rather think the latter.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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