What is bandwidth shaping?
Bandwidth shaping is the process of allocating portions of network connections as well as determining bandwidth usage amounts that correspond to the types of activity. In relation to ISPs, the term refers to the restrictions put in place to manage the bandwidth of the bandwidth used by each user so that no single user can gain disproportionate control over the Internet gateway.
Bandwidth shaping is also known as bandwidth allocation, bandwidth allocation tool, bandwidth management, and traffic shaping.
Bandwidth design has become necessary as the bandwidth consumption of Internet users with new online content types has increased, which can be a hazard if the content distribution consumes too much bandwidth. Types of content distribution that tend to use the most bandwidth include peer-to-peer file sharing, anonymous file sharing, file sharing websites, community websites, and streaming video like YouTube. As these forms of distribution increase, ISPs face the challenge of providing their customers with more bandwidth. Smaller ISPs need to pay extra attention to the bandwidth their customers are using, as bandwidth is costly to manage.
ISPs must meet the ever increasing needs for content distribution and bandwidth delivery such as speed, size, and optimization. To do this, they need to carefully monitor how much bandwidth is going to whom, and adjust it accordingly or grow as needed. Many open source code implementations are available to automatically manage bandwidth by limiting it to certain megabits per second. Cellular providers do a pretty good job of managing bandwidth by focusing on rush hour traffic.