There are many internet service providers today that offer a variety of internet connection packages, including Fibre, broadband, Wireless and ADSL. The competition to supply the best packages, that offer the best service, at the cheapest price is right. And some internet providers will take shortcuts to offer the best service at a lower price in order to get more sales. One way that these internet providers are cutting corners is by shaping and throttling your line, without openly making you aware of it. That is why it is always important to check your terms and conditions before signing any agreements. Uncapped and unshaped Fibre is your best option.
So what is a shaped line?
Shaping will usually occur on heavy protocols such as torrenting, downloading and/or (excessive) streaming. This is done so that you can still enjoy the “full” speed of your Internet connection when browsing the web, emailing, chatting on social media and so on. Your line speed is technically reduced but is only noticeable on application that has heavy bandwidth requirements.
There are many advantages and disadvantages of a shaped Fibre line. The advantages include:
- No unknown or additional costs. If your line is being shaped, you know exactly what the costs of your usage will be and you won’t be surprised by unexpected costs from exceeding your data limit.
- No connection interruption. Even if you reach your data limit, you will still have access to the internet, it will just be a bit slower than usual. So you will never get stuck not having access to the internet. So you will still be able to perform important tasks like accessing your email and do research.
- It is cheaper. Internet service providers offer capped and shaped plans to reduce costs and make Fibre more affordable.