Internet Contention

The contention ratio is a term used for the ratio of the potential maximum demand to the actual bandwidth.

The higher the contention ratio, the greater the number of users that may be trying to use the actual bandwidth at any one time and therefore, the lower the effective bandwidth offered, especially at peak times. Therefore, if you have a lower contention ratio you will get faster broadband.

The majority of business and domestic internet connections are contended to some extent, unless they are a dedicated (1:1) service, normally supplied via a fibre. A 1:1 means that every single user is guaranteed a full connection speed at any given moment. Domestic connections are typically contended 50:1 and business connections 20:1.


Möbius-Internet connections will provide superior contention ratios compared to the majority of other  domestic connections (better than 50:1) available from other ISP's.