Soracom strives to maintain a consistently high level of availability of its cellular network services for all customers, and regularly upgrades and optimizes underlying networking equipment in order to stay ahead of increasing demand. However, when some customers utilize an abnormally large volume of data within a short time frame, this may create network congestion and temporarily decrease the speed or responsiveness for other customers.
In order to maintain a stable network environment that all customers can confidently use, when Soracom detects that network congestion may occur, we will implement a data usage bandwidth control (limit/throttling) to ensure the quality of the entire network. Such controls are temporarily enforced, and subsequently lifted as soon as the congestion situation has been alleviated. The specific controls are as follows:
- Bandwidth control applies to all subscriptions offered by Soracom.
- Bandwidth control is carried out by a method of control so that data bandwidth usage can be leveled between multiple customers using the same equipment. Specifically, it will be carried out in the following order.
- In situations where high data usage by specific customers is affecting the reliability of data services for other customers, the data usage bandwidth of the high data usage customers is restricted relative to the other customers. Data usage is calculated according to the total amount of bandwidth consumed by each customer (according to their Operator ID), irrespective of the number of subscriptions (SIMs) belonging to the customer, and bandwidth restrictions may be applied to multiple customers at the same time.
- For customers who are temporarily subject to data usage bandwidth restrictions, the bandwidth limit is applied to each subscription (SIM) individually, in order of the subscription (SIM) consuming the most traffic.
To learn more about how to design and operate your fleet to maximize the performance and reliability of each device, we welcome you to consult our SORACOM Air for Cellular Best Practice Guide. If you would like additional guidance, please feel free to contact us and request a consultation with our Solutions Architect team.