Netflix causes huge increase in data demand
‘‘On average, homes in the Taupo District now use 169GB of data each month.’’ Chorus statistics
Taupo households are consuming 134 gigabytes of broadband data each month, according to Chorus.
That’s 49 per cent more broadband data than last year - and the reason is streaming video services like Netflix, the company says.
The average home in the Taupo District used 169GB of data on Chorus copper and fibre networks during the month of April 2017, compared to 90GB in April 2016.
Kurt Rodgers, network strategy manager at Chorus said the lowest demand for data was at 5am each day.
Demand for data is steady from 9.30am until 3.30pm, when demand increases sharply.
‘‘It is unlikely to be a coincidence that it’s the same time certain datahungry members of the family wander in from school,’’ Rodgers said.
‘‘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.
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