Found this great vid which explains network congestion
To sum it up
1. The TCP/IP protocol automatically balances network traffic.
To say otherwise is an insult to the original TCP/IP engineers.
2. Network congestion has to do more with the NUMBER of people connected to a base station, rather than the AMOUNT of data that is being consumed.
Since the TCP/IP protocol already balances network traffic, the problem really is that TOO MANY people are using the same network pipe at the same time.
3. The solution to this problem is costly
Since the AMOUNT of data is not the problem, the only way to accommodate the NUMBER of people connected is to a) increase bandwidth, or b) setup another base station to offload the 1st. base station.
Let me put it in simpler terms
Say you decided to drive to Batangas via SLEX. At first, your trip seemed to be going very smoothly. That was until you reached Sta. Rosa where things began to slow down.
You estimate there could be around 10,000 cars (subscribers) trying squeeze through 4 Toll Booths (bandwidth) at the end of SLEX. In your mind, you curse the other cars (subscribers) for the mass exodus, as well as the government (TCP/IP) for not doing anything to fix the situation (congestion).
This went on and on for hours until you finally get through.
Upon reaching Batangas, you reflected on the torture you just went through and came to the conclusion that the problem wasn't the government (TCP/IP) - to change the government (TCP/IP) would take too long and would need a lot of research, or the number of cars (subscribers) - you couldn't blame other people for wanting to go on vacation on a long weekend (even though deep down inside, you really did), the problem was that there were not enough Toll Booths (bandwidth).
a) Build more toll booths, or
b) Build another exit
Why data capping is not the solution?
You cannot limit a person's use of his car (lets face it, the Number Coding scheme was a reactionary measure which does not address the root cause of the problem).
One more thing...
In the US, once you reach your data cap, they will begin charging you for the extra minutes. Doesn't that strike you as odd? If you can still use the network, then aren't you STILL contributing to the congestion?