Porirua eats up data
Porirua households have more than doubled consumption of broadband data in the last 18 months - driven by surging demand for streaming services such as Netflix.
The average Porirua home used 126GB of broadband data in June 2016 compared to 58GB in January 2015 - an increase of 116 per cent, according to new statistics from Chorus.
Connection speeds have also soared by 88 per cent, reaching an average of 32Mbps in 2016 compared to 17Mbps last year.
‘‘The figures show that faster broadband is now, more than ever, an essential part of many New Zealanders’ daily lives,’’ said Chorus head of market insight Rosalie Nelson.
‘‘More than half of New Zealanders now watch internet TV where the number of online film and TV platforms has exploded.
‘‘But this isn’t just about watching more and more content online, it’s also about the rapid digitisation of our everyday lives.
‘‘Broadband as the fourth utility sits at the heart of the home and plays a pivotal role in how we function in our day-to-day lives.’’
Typically, homes now had several connected devices at any one time and with this surge in data use, people expected and demanded faster and more reliable broadband speeds, Nelson said.
‘‘With faster broadband, you don’t have long delays while streaming or downloading high definition TV and video or face frustrating buffering - even when there are multiple connected devices in your home.’’
Nationally, the average New Zealand home used about 102GB of broadband data in June 2016 – more than double the amount used at the start of 2015 (49GB).
New Zealand has already seen dramatic improvements in broadband thanks to the Ultra-Fast Broadband and the Rural Broadband programmes. Improvements have also been delivered through availability of faster broadband on the Chorus copper network.
‘‘Right now, more than 700,000 New Zealanders - that’s the combined population of Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton - can access faster broadband than they currently have,’’ Nelson said.
Visit www.chorus.co.nz for more information on broadband plans.
Porirua households have more than doubled their use of broadband data in the last 18 months.