What is throttling, shaping and uncapped fibre internet?
When we were asked the question “what is throttling?” by one of our clients we decided to write a blog about it. Some fibre internet service providers like to confuse things, you know like insurance guys do.
The conversation goes:
“Yes sir (or mam), we offer uncapped fibre internet”.
“Great, that means I can use as much as I like right?”
“Well no, not really…”
“…oh, and we throttle your internet connection should you use more than your allocated data.”
“Wait, what? What is throttling?”
When it comes to choosing a fibre internet service provider you may want to brush up on your technical knowledge of things like, what is throttling, shaping and uncapped fibre internet. This type of knowledge empowers you to make sure you have the best internet experience possible.
1. What is throttling and is anybody hurt in the process?
If you ask Wikipedia ‘what is throttling?’, throttling is the intentional slowing or speeding up of fibre internet by a fibre internet service provider.
What is throttling used for, you may ask? Throttling is used by fibre internet service providers to regulate network traffic and minimise bandwidth congestion. Bandwidth congestion is when there are so many households connected to the internet at the same time (also known as peak times) that the system gets ‘backed-up’, like rush-hour traffic on a highway.
Although throttling isn’t illegal, it’s certainly a grey area. If you are paying for certain speeds of fibre internet you should get those speeds, no questions asked.
2. What is shaping and do I need to go to the gym to change it?
During the Covid-19 lockdown some of us may have taken on a slightly different shape, but when it comes to fibre internet, that’s not the shaping we are talking about.
We’ve discussed what is throttling, which is employed across an entire network, but shaping fibre internet is when an internet service provider reduces the amount of available bandwidth to a single customer. Shaping occurs when that customer exceeds their available monthly limit and they will then experience shaping, which means their fibre internet speed will reduce considerably.
When a fibre internet service provider begins shaping a customer’s fibre internet connection, what they are doing is giving certain ports higher priority. For example, a port for simply browsing the web may not be shaped and is allowed to operate at normal speeds but when it comes to using a port for downloading large video files, that port may be shaped, and very slow download speeds are the result.
The best solution here is to simply purchase unshaped fibre internet.
3. When you say uncapped, does that mean limitless fibre internet?
Uncapped fibre internet is supposed to mean that you are able to use as much data to browse the internet as you like. However, with certain fibre internet service providers you may see a clause for fair usage policy. This means you can use as much data as you like as long as you are fair about how much you use. What? We know, we know it doesn’t make much sense.
That is why at RocketNet we like to make sense of the products we offer our customers and is also why we offer non-throttled, unshaped, uncapped fibre internet with no such thing as ‘fair usage policy’. We really are the simplest choice to make because we are the best fibre internet service provider to deal with. That’s why we consistently rank in the top 5 best fibre internet service providers on Hello Peter.
There, I have said my piece and that is all I am going to say about what is throttling, unshaped and uncapped fibre internet because with us, it’s not an issue.