Published 19 Jun 2018

Broadband consumption on Chorus’ network doubles in just two years



Broadband data use on Chorus’ network continues to break records, with household consumption doubling in just two years, as more New Zealanders use streaming services such as Netflix.

Data released by Chorus today shows average broadband use in New Zealand households has surged from 101GB in April 2016 to 204GB in April this year.

“If you go back even further to 2011, the average use in households was just 13GB of broadband a month, so in the space of a few years, the demand has gone through the roof,” says Chorus Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rodgers.

“And there is no sign of the demand slowing. Our view is that ever-increasing data demands and the evolution of new data-hungry devices and applications, such as 4K televisions and virtual reality, will only continue to fuel the demand for bandwidth. 

“We’re forecasting average monthly data usage of 680GB per household by 2020 based on historical growth rates.”

Figures for April show that for the first time, the average use in households was more than 200GB of data, as households took advantage of TVNZ’s decision to stream its Commonwealth Games coverage online, combined with the usual increase in demand during school holidays.

“With the Commonwealth Games and school holidays both occurring in April we knew it would be a big month in terms of data usage but it was a pleasant surprise to see just how much more Kiwis were doing online.

“With next year’s Rugby World Cup able to be streamed we are expecting record usage on our network on the days of the games, so we’re already planning to ensure our network can meet the unprecedented demand.”

The surge in data use comes as Chorus progresses a proof of concept trial using its fibre network to provide a direct broadcasting service to consumers’ homes.

A strength of the proposed Chorus service is that it can provide guaranteed capacity, which would ensure major cultural events such as sports could be broadcast to all viewers, live and concurrently, in 4K or even 8K.

The data growth shows why Kiwis should take up a fibre or VDSL fixed line broadband connection which offer dedicated capacity and the option of an unlimited data plan, Mr Rodgers says.

“To ensure a superb experience on the Chorus network, whatever the time of day, we manage capacity to keep the network congestion free. It’s like being able to add another lane to a motorway before it starts to congest.”

ENDS

Note to editors:

Attached is a graphic detailing the growth in the daily network peak on Chorus’ network in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Below are two tables detailing broadband usage. The first shows the top 10 cities with the highest average household broadband use. The second table details the top 10 cities/towns with the highest growth in broadband use.

Top 10 regions for average data usage (full regional breakdown available on request)

Council

30/04/2016

30/04/2018

Growth

Manukau

150GB

276GB

84.0%

Papakura

131GB

251GB

91.6%

North Shore

144GB

248GB

72.2%

Waitakere

134GB

245GB

82.8%

Porirua

97GB

241GB

148.5%

Auckland City

127GB

229GB

80.3%

Rotorua

117GB

218GB

86.3%

Wellington

110GB

217GB

97.3%

Palmerston North

115GB

215GB

87.0%

Dunedin

111GB

211GB

90.1%

Queenstown-Lakes

102GB

208GB

103.9%

Top 10 districts for broadband growth (full district breakdown available on request) 

Council

30/04/2016

30/04/2018

Growth

South Taranaki

61GB

154GB

152.5%

Porirua

97GB

241GB

148.5%

Waimate

57GB

141GB

147.4%

Kaikoura

61GB

147GB

141.0%

Masterton

77GB

184GB

139.0%

Gisborne

86GB

200GB

132.6%

Waitomo

73GB

168GB

130.1%

Kapiti Coast

73GB

166GB

127.4%

Rangitikei

71GB

159GB

123.9%

Tararua

64GB

143GB

123.4%



For more information
Nathan Beaumont
Stakeholder Communications Manager
021 243 8412