Why is Broadband slower at night?
Ever wonder why your Broadband connection is slower at night? The reason for this is Contention ratio.
Contention ratio describes the number of users sharing one unit of data capacity at a given time. The lower the contention ratio the higher the quality of service. A 50:1 contention ratio would mean that up to 50 broadband customers are sharing the same bandwidth at any one time.
The quality and speed of your broadband connection is dependent on the number of users online at any given time. Business broadband services will often have much lower contention ratios to give business users a more consistent quality of service.
The higher the contention ratio the cheaper the broadband package is likely to be – and additionally, different ISPs have different contention ratios. The contention ratio is an important factor involved in the quality and speed of your chosen broadband package.
The average contention ratio for a home user package is 50:1 and 20:1 for a business package. That means that at any one time home users may be sharing their internet access with up to 49 other users all sharing the same bandwidth.
If you are using a 1MB connection, then, and each of the other users sharing the access are using it at the same time, your connection speed could be reduced to as little as 0.02mb!
Fortunately, it’s unlikely that everyone uses the connection at the same time.
More people are however online between 6pm and midnight – that means less bandwidth per person and slower speeds.
With more people at home during peak times there is also likely to be more noise on the line as a result of people using electromagnetic equipment in their homes which may also slow down your broadband speeds.
There’s not much you can do about this as it’s a quirk of broadband technology which, unlike water or electricity, isn’t just ‘off’ or ‘on’.
However, this does highlight the importance of choosing an Internet Service Provider with a low contention ratio as the fewer people sharing the line, the more bandwidth you potentially have. Why not talk to us at Reach Broadband because with contention ratio’s of 15:1 for residential customers and from as little as 10:1 to 5:1 for business customers, we’ve got one of the lowest contention ratios not just in the county but in the country! Contact us now: 059 6477011