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What does it mean “priority access”?

Each “real” telephone Provider has an infrastructure made up of thousands of antennas scattered throughout the territory. Each antenna allows the connection of all the devices located in the surrounding area (cell) and “divides” its traffic capacity (bandwidth) among all the devices connected to it. When the number of connected devices is very high, for example in densely populated areas or when at particular times many users connect simultaneously, the bandwidth reserved for each device is drastically reduced and consequently the download and upload speeds available to each user decreases.

This “division” of bandwidth is not equal for all devices, but depends on the priority access related to the specific data plan used by each connected device. The data plan we use is absolutely one of the most professional in Italy. It is an "Enterprise" data plan, developed by one of the most important providers in Italy, Wind-Tre, exclusively for large companies, and has the highest priority level ever!

On the contrary, many competitors work with very low cost "consumer" data plans, or with non-Italian plans that work in roaming on Italian networks. These solutions, especially the first, have very low priority access in case of "crowding" of the cell, and the speed of the devices is progressively "throttled" to the point that the Internet access is impossible. This does not happen with our data plan or happens in a limited way only when the cell is really “full”!

It is also important to underline another phenomenon not related to the cell saturation, but to normal conditions of use. Most of the plans of Italian "virtual" providers and foreign providers that offer roaming in Italy, when they use the infrastructures of "real" Italian operators (Wind Tre, Vodafone, Tim), they have access guided by "filters" that limit the speed constantly or when certain conditions are reached. This happens as a result of agreements that allow them to obtain lower prices from the "real" operator, which obviously has an interest in keeping its infrastructure as "free" as possible to offer adequate services to its direct customers, especially “Business” and “ Enterprise” users that are willing to pay more for the best possible performance.