Far North district gob­bling up data

The Northland Age - - Local News -

North­land house­holds are con­sum­ing much more broad­band data than last year, with the Far North lead­ing the way, ahead of Whangarei and the Kaipara, driven by surg­ing de­mand for stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix, ac­cord­ing to new sta­tis­tics from Cho­rus.

The av­er­age Far North home used 133GB of broad­band data in March (com­pared to 95GB in 2017), while Whangarei house­holds con­sumed 114GB and Kaipara 110GB.

“Th­ese fig­ures re­ally demon­strate that faster broad­band is an in­te­gral part of many New Zealan­ders’ day-to-day lives,” Cho­rus Net­work strat­egy man­ager Kurt Rodgers said.

“Many Kiwi homes now have sev­eral con­nected de­vices go­ing at any one time. We’re us­ing far more data, and re­quir­ing faster and more reli­able broad­band speeds.

“Peo­ple’s view­ing habits have shifted on­line. It’s now very main­stream to watch tele­vi­sion shows and movies via an app on a smart tele­vi­sion or tablet,” he added.

“With faster broad­band you can po­ten­tially have each mem­ber of a house­hold stream­ing a pro­gramme on a dif­fer­ent de­vice all at the same time, with­out fac­ing long delays or frus­trat­ing buffer­ing.”

The av­er­age New Zealand home used about 139GB of broad­band data in March 2017, ris­ing more than 30 per cent to 185GB last month.

Mr Rodgers said dra­matic im­prove­ments had been made thanks to the Ul­tra-Fast Broad­band (UFB) ini­tia­tive, UFB2+, and the Ru­ral Broad­band pro­grammes. Im­prove­ments had also been delivered on the Cho­rus cop­per net­work.

In ar­eas where fi­bre was not yet avail­able, VDSL on the cop­per net­work pro­vided a faster, more reli­able ser­vice with less buffer­ing for stream­ing TV, movies and video than reg­u­lar ADSL.

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