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in Connectivity by Guru (27.3k points)
Anyone else experiencing these absurd throttles from ZOL wimax when you download lots? anyone know a way to get around it? I only downloaded 3gb worth of my fav tv show and now my internet is slow like hell yet i used to get good speeds!

Anyone knows how long the punishment lasts or ways to get around it?

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by Contributor (8k points)
What package are you on? Is it capped/uncapped? If it is maybe you have exceeded your limit. If not be aware that as of lately  the speeds on torrent sites are being controlled/supressed. Zimbabwe hasn't got the bandwidth to allow everyone to download as they please & when they please........You are not alone in this. Everyone has exactly the same issue.
by Guru (27.3k points)
I am on the $60 package, they told me its uncapped. which one do you use yourself?
by Contributor (8k points)
I have fibre, but its exactly the same issue. But.....you can "bypass" the restrictions by downloading from non torrent sites. You see, the protocol they have doesn't apply on someone because of how much you have downloaded , but were you download from. They know that users download movies from torrent sites so the bandwidth to these sites are controlled. If you download from non torrent sites it will be fast.
by Guru (27.3k points)
thanx my brother
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by
Oh my goodness, I have been having this exact same issue! I even use a paid VPN to hide my activity but it hasn't helped:-( I phoned them and they told me that as of the 6 May they have changed their shaping policy so that now the moment you start to use the internet 'heavily' (ie downloading) they throttle you right down. Used to be that you had to exceed a certain amount of bandwidth in a certain amount of time (1GB per 2 1/2 hours I think) in order to be shaped but now there are no such restrictions and the moment you do anything more than basic browsing they shape you down. I am furious at this because I too, like to download my series and movies, and unfortunately there aren't that many affordable uncapped solutions out there. If anyone else has any suggestions, I would also like to hear them!
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Yes! Would love to see a recent review of Yo Africa as well to see how it compares with ZOL! I reckon ZOL is going to lose a lot of customers with these new changes.
by Expert (16.7k points)
Works in firefox no issues so far.  I never use IE so cant comment.  Support in chrome is limited
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OK, cool-thanks!
asked May 11, 2014 in Connectivity by Ndashaya kuti zviri kufamba sei Do ISP's rig speed tests?
by Expert (16.7k points)
http://speedof.me/
Download Speed: 140 kbps
Upload Speed: 60 kbps
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by Guru (88.1k points)
Jus a heads up guys:

 Most service providers use dpi firewalls to block or throttle down torrents download. So things like proxy connections will not help you in trying to bypass this.

The only nearest bypass to dpi you can do is to use tor networks.

Jus google tor and learn more...
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Not sure if a tor network is the same as a VPN but I found private internet access VPN worked really well at bypassing torrent throttling for a month but since ZOL has implemented their new shaping policy whereby any usage that is deemed 'heavy' (which seems to be pretty much anything other than basic browsing on the $59 package) is throttled it hasn't made much of a difference. Even direct downloads like software updates and skype have been really SLOW.
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As confirmed by my own testing, you'll see complaints on Zol's Facebook page that they're limiting 1Mbps to 25MB per hour for any usage (downloading, browsing, Skype, anything); more than that and you get 200Kbps (roughly 0.2Mbps). Ridiculous! As such, there's no way to bypass the restriction. And a speedtest.net test will yield well over 3Mbps locally and internationally regardless of your actual browsing and download speeds so that means they're cheating and hoping nobody notices.

You're better off with an uncapped Aptics 256Kbps connection for US$50 (and they give you 256Kbps all day long as long as you have a clean connection when I used a relatives' plus I noticed that after 5pm the connection was over 512Kbps). And they're offering free installation at the moment: http://www3.aptics.co.zw/index.php/services/wimax

I think we all need to lodge a complaint with Zol then Potraz:

http://www.potraz.gov.zw/images/Reports/consumer%20protection.pdf
http://www.potraz.gov.zw/index.php/consumer-protection/complaints-form-html

Anyone know if Potraz will actually do anything?
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Is that for all packages or just the $59 one?
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According to complaints on the Zol Facebook page it seems it's for business connections as well: https://www.facebook.com/zolconnect.

For me, I tried it at home on the $59 package and at work on the $115 package (speed was worse on the work connection).
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by new here (420 points)
dude say no more we pay and they reduce speed like crap how else are we supposed to deal with the slow speeds
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