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August 5th, 2008, 09:46 AM
I am from South Africa and would like to know where I should point my Ubuntu updater to ensure that local (South African) ADSL traffic is used when updating. This way I would not be using my international cap when updating Ubuntu. Local South African traffic is only charged after 10Gb whereas I have a 1Gb international traffic cap.

Currently my update sites point to variants of
but when I receive my usage report from Telkom all traffic is listed as international.

Is Adept Updater possibly using another route? Or is it simply a Telkom billing problem?
I have contacted Telkom ADSL technical support and will update any feedback they have.

Any pointers/ideas?


PS I did a traceroute to ensure no hops go outside South Africa:
traceroute to za.archive.ubuntu.com (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 ( 3.750 ms 5.555 ms 6.742 ms
2 * * *
3 rrba-ip-lir-1-gig-0-0-0.telkom-ipnet.co.za ( 394.003 ms 394.102 ms 394.187 ms
4 ( 394.269 ms 394.386 ms 395.062 ms
5 internet-solutions-gw.telkom-ipnet.co.za ( 395.154 ms 395.359 ms 395.451 ms
6 cp3-rba-gi0-2.ip.isnet.net ( 397.372 ms 325.008 ms 400.319 ms
7 ch11-rba-gi0-1.ip.isnet.net ( 400.370 ms 401.845 ms 411.770 ms
8 mail.amorphous.net ( 413.275 ms 414.354 ms 415.342 ms
9 unknown.uni.net.za ( 416.484 ms 417.391 ms 419.775 ms

August 5th, 2008, 03:37 PM
Adept>manage repositories there should be option to select server.Manual way is

kdesu kate /etc/apt/sources.list

and replace existing code (za in your case) with your country code.Save file and close it.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

August 21st, 2008, 09:41 AM
Thanks for the reply!
All my sites (except security updates) are .za which would mean it should be local traffic when I am updating. But unluckily my bandwidth is still deducted from international traffic.

When I have time I'll take it up with Telkom (the ISP) but unluckily it is quite a mission to get a response from them.