Kiwis Streaming in Record Numbers

Streaming services have skyrocketed demand for broadband in NZ, with the latest Chorus figures revealing a 35% data hike year-on-year.

Last month the average New Zealand home used about 234GB of broadband data, or the equivalent of streaming nearly 80 hours of Netflix, compared with 172GB in November 2017.

“Most homes across the country now have several connected devices going at any one time,” says Chorus Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rodgers.

“With voice activated smart devices such as Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa now becoming commonplace, we’re using far more data and requiring faster, more dependable broadband speeds.

“People’s viewing habits have shifted online and it’s no longer just down to Netflix. TVNZ now have online-only OnDemand content while Freeview has just launched an industry-first device that brings free-to-air content onto a streaming platform.

“Freeview’s new streaming device integrates the offline and online worlds into one user interface. It’s a simple, small and tidy device that attaches magnetically to the back of your TV and removes the need for ugly aerials, coax cables and satellite dishes.”

The Dish TV Smart VU X was one of two Freeview streaming innovations released last week — the second was the first multi-tuner PVR in New Zealand to be powered by Android TV.

It integrates the full suite of Freeview features with easy access to extra content and apps on Google Play.

And this month Sky released a new Nickelodeon app, Nick Jr Play, and added Download to Go for Sky Go for offline viewing (albeit in SD “at a resolution optimised for viewing on devices”).

Here’s the full Chorus press release:

Kiwis chewing through more data than ever before

The rapid growth of broadband data use in New Zealand shows no sign of slowing, with latest figures showing a massive increase in demand.

Figures just released by Chorus continue to show that fast, reliable broadband is an essential part of many Kiwis’ day-to-day lives.

Nationally, the average New Zealand home used about 234GB of broadband data in November this year compared with 172GB last year, showing more than a 35 percent increase. 234GB is the equivalent of watching nearly 80 hours of content on Netflix each month.

Porirua consumed the most internet data at an average of 274GB per household, while Waitomo saw a data increase of over 60 percent per household in the last 12 months.

“Most homes across the country now have several connected devices going at any one time. With voice activated smart devices such as Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa now becoming commonplace, we’re using far more data and requiring faster, more dependable broadband speeds,” says Chorus Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rodgers.

“People’s viewing habits have shifted online and it’s no longer just down to Netflix. TVNZ now have online only, OnDemand content, while Freeview has just launched an industry-first device that brings free-to-air content onto a streaming platform.

“Freeview’s new streaming device integrates the offline and online worlds into one user interface. It’s a simple, small and tidy device that attaches magnetically to the back of your TV and removes the need for ugly aerials, coax cables and satellite dishes.

“And of course the gaming industry has recently boomed. In July we experienced the biggest ever data spike on the Chorus network due to New Zealanders downloading the latest version of Fortnite,” says Mr Rodgers.

New Zealand has already seen dramatic improvements in broadband thanks to the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre rollout and the Rural Broadband Initiative. Improvements have also been seen with updates to the broadband electronics across Chorus’ copper network.

“While fibre is the fastest form of broadband technology, for areas where it’s not yet available VDSL on the Chorus copper network provides a faster, more reliable service with less buffering than regular ADSL.”

Mr Rodgers says Chorus has made it easier for people to work with their broadband provider to upgrade to VDSL.

“If VDSL is available at your address, we may be able to upgrade you without a technician visiting your place. VDSL is a great alternative where fibre isn’t an option now or in the future.”

To find out what broadband speed your household could be getting and how to upgrade, visit www.chorus.co.nz and enter your address into the broadband checker.

Top ten towns and cities for highest average data consumption in Nov 2018

Area Nov 2018 average data consumption
Porirua 274GB
Auckland 267GB
Palmerston North & Rotorua 247GB
Upper Hutt 243GB
Dunedin 241GB
Wellington City 239GB
Gisborne & Lower Hutt 232GB
Queenstown 220GB

 

Top ten towns and cities for data use increase over 2018

Council Nov 2017 data usage Nov 2018 data usage Increase
Waitomo 128GB 207GB 61.72%
Wairoa 126GB 192GB 52.40%
Clutha 107GB 163GB 52.34%
South Taranaki 128GB 190GB 48.44%
Otago 99GB 145GB 46.70%
Central Hawke’s Bay 104GB 151GB 45.20%
Waimate 112GB 162GB 44.64%
Gisborne 161GB 232GB 44.10%
Far North 125GB 178GB 42.40%
Invercargill 154GB 218GB 41.56%

 

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One Response to “Kiwis Streaming in Record Numbers”

  1. I’d stream Sky in HD … if only they’d let me.

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