Posts Tagged ‘traffic shaping’

Traffic Shaping

October 29, 2007

Traffic shaping is the process whereby broadband providers and ISPs limit traffic, usually at particularly busy times of day, in order to ensure the efficient use of available bandwidth.

This can be in order to provide an acceptable level of service for all users, or to prioritise some types of traffic over the network (eg business traffic, or VoIP).

Most broadband packages come with a download allowance, and even unlimited download allowances will – in nearly all cases – have a fair use policy which prevents particularly heavy internet users from using so much bandwidth that other people’s internet connections are affected. Traffic shaping may involve the invoking of these policies for very heavy bandwidth users.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Usage Cap

August 30, 2007

A usage cap is a download limit.

Sometimes this means a publicised, package limit on the amount of data you can download over a given timespan (usually one month).

It can also be used in one-off circumstances – for example if particularly heavy users on unlimited broadband deals download so much data that it impacts other broadband users, the broadband provider may limit the downloads of only those heavy users with a usage cap.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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