I share a 20Mbit fibre optic internet connection with my housemates through Virgin Media.
My housemate downloads sometimes via bittorrent and when this is happening all other internet uses become painfully slow including browsing and multiplayer gaming.
It is a fast connection and we have achieved dl speeds of 1.3MB/s but even when he is dl'ing from a poorly seeded torrent at a slow rate the same effect of slowness is experienced on browsing.
Why? is this to do with Virgin limiting torrent traffic? If so why can we still get great speeds for torrents, but our browsing speeds are poor when torrents are downloading.