Published 18 Jul 2018

Fortnite download leads to biggest ever spike in data use on Chorus’ network

New Zealanders downloading the latest version of the hugely popular game, Fortnite, has led to the biggest ever spike in data use on Chorus’ network.

Data use on the Chorus network grows throughout the day and peaks at about 9pm when hordes of people are streaming online video. On Thursday, the peak was about 20 per cent higher than normal and this correlates with Fortnite version five patch being available for download from 8pm that night.

The amount of extra data being used on Chorus network at the peak was the equivalent of about 30,000 gamers downloading the Fortnite software patch.

“We have never seen a spike of this magnitude on our network before. It’s unprecedented,” Chorus Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rodgers said.

However, Chorus’ network could easily handle the spike in demand, he said.

“To ensure a superb experience on our 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.”

The Fortnite phenomenon is a great example of how fibre can support the gaming community, Mr Rodgers said.

“Faster fibre plans not only allow users to enjoy high definition graphics and faster loading times due to low latency, where they really come into their own is when a few people in the house are online.  Gamers can play away while others in the house can stream TV, video chat, work, play or do their banking with nobody slowing down.”


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