Porirua eats up data

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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.

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