Is unlimited broadband really unlimited?
When it comes to an unlimited broadband deal, there are still a few things to watch out for.
Some providers undertake what is known as traffic management. This involves the provider managing the speeds on its network. If everyone in your area hits their browsers at the same time, speeds might plummet as the network gets congested.
To get around this problem, the provider might reduce the speeds on certain activities, for example file sharing, to maintain speeds on other services such as streaming.
Some providers also put a fair usage policy in place. This usually dictates when they will use traffic management but it also contains some other potential restrictions. It may set out how much you’re allowed to download each month, even on an unlimited broadband deal, before the provider slows down your connection or possibly takes other measures.
For most users this shouldn’t be anything to worry about as the limits are usually set very high. However, if you’re a serious data user it might be something to be aware of.
There are truly unlimited broadband deals available, just be sure to check the small print. Such deals have no usage caps and don’t practice any traffic management.
Remember, it doesn’t mean that your speed won’t slow if there are lots of people online however. It just means that your provider won’t be intervening. With fibre optic broadband this is less of an issue than those operating on standard broadband.