Fair Use Policy
Achieve fair use for all subscribers through real-time management of behaviors that overload the network and degrade the experience of all customers
To ensure that broadband networks do not become overloaded by any one individual or event, and to ensure consistent and fair subscriber quality of experience on today’s networks, many communications service providers (CSPs) who provide unlimited broadband services will establish policies that limit the amount of data any single user can consume during specified timeframes or during times of peak demand on the network.
These fair use policies prevent the network from becoming overloaded by any one subscriber to protect the overall integrity of the network and maximize subscriber quality of experience (QoE).
Your first step into traffic optimization to establish fair use policies might be to address the most common traffic optimization use cases, like controlling traffic peaks on transit and peering links and defining traffic composition levels to preserve capacity for high-value traffic. Sandvine’s Base Traffic Management gives you all the tools you need to quickly and completely satisfy these use cases by arming you with the capability to deploy:
- Strict Priority Shaping: prioritize sensitive and valuable applications
- Weighted Fair Queuing: apply different scheduling based on traffic priority without compromising fairness
- Minimum Rate Shaping: ensure sensitive applications aren’t starved by aggressive traffic
- Marking: modify control bits for downstream enforcement
These basic building blocks, when applied based on conditions like time of day, application or application category, subscriber plan, source or destination network, and many others let you achieve valuable traffic optimization and fair use policy objectives.