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Broadband use climbing with more devices

Broadband Use Climbing With More DevicesGISBORNE households are consuming 66 percent more broadband data than last year, an increase driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix, new statistics from Chorus show.

Chorus network strategy manager Kurt Rodgers said the average home here used 143GB of broadband data on the Chorus copper and fibre networks last month, compared to just 86GB in April 2016.

“Typically, homes now have several connected devices at any one time, so we’re all using far more data and many of us are demanding faster and more reliable broadband speeds.

“On an average day in Gisborne district, data usage on the Chorus network is at its lowest at 5am and begins to rise between 6am and 8.30am. Usage remains consistent during the day and jumps sharply from 3.30pm.

“It is unlikely to be a coincidence that it’s the same time certain data-hungry members of the family wander in from school.

“Household usage slows down again over dinner time, and from 7.30pm it climbs to the highest usage period of the day — between 8pm and 10.30pm — as people get through one or two Netflix shows, upload the homework or Skype friends and family.”

Nationally, the average New Zealand home used about 150GB of broadband data in April 2017, compared to about 101GB in April 2016. Mr Rodgers said it was “likely” that would only increase.

Broadband Use Climbing With More DevicesGISBORNE households are consuming 66 percent more broadband data than last year, an increase driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix, new statistics from Chorus show.

Chorus network strategy manager Kurt Rodgers said the average home here used 143GB of broadband data on the Chorus copper and fibre networks last month, compared to just 86GB in April 2016.

“Typically, homes now have several connected devices at any one time, so we’re all using far more data and many of us are demanding faster and more reliable broadband speeds.

“On an average day in Gisborne district, data usage on the Chorus network is at its lowest at 5am and begins to rise between 6am and 8.30am. Usage remains consistent during the day and jumps sharply from 3.30pm.

“It is unlikely to be a coincidence that it’s the same time certain data-hungry members of the family wander in from school.

“Household usage slows down again over dinner time, and from 7.30pm it climbs to the highest usage period of the day — between 8pm and 10.30pm — as people get through one or two Netflix shows, upload the homework or Skype friends and family.”

Nationally, the average New Zealand home used about 150GB of broadband data in April 2017, compared to about 101GB in April 2016. Mr Rodgers said it was “likely” that would only increase.

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