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Broadband jargon explained - Contention ratio


Contention ratio

What is contention ratio and how does it affect broadband usage experience?

Contention ratio simply means "sharing". It refers to the maximum number of other people as user has to share the connection infrastructure with. In other words, it entails how much of ISP bandwidth users share between themselves. Most ISPs offer something in the range of 20:1 to 50:1. When it comes to contention ratio, the lower the ration the better the service.

As an example, much traffic sharing a highway slows down movement. The opposite is also true. Corporates should seek ISPs with the lower contention ratio.

Maybe before you subscribe to a broadband service it would be advisable to ask them what their contention ratio is!