Kiwis Clock Up a Millennium of HD Streaming

Lockdown and the upsurge in streaming services led to a “record consumption” of data last night on the Chorus network.

It reports traffic on the first day of the latest level-4 lockdown was 27% higher than the first day of last year’s — the equivalent of 1000 years of a single HD stream on Netflix.

Here’s the media release:

Yesterday’s evening traffic on the Chorus network saw a new record peak throughput of 3.6 terabits per seconds (Tbps), an uplift of 27 per cent on Monday night’s traffic and a new record on the Chorus network.

New Zealanders in lockdown are consuming more data than ever. More than 26 petabytes (PB) of data was transported across the Chorus network yesterday, also a new record and equivalent of 1,000 years of a single Netflix HD stream.

Compared with the first day of the last year’s level 4 lockdown, yesterday’s traffic was 27 per cent higher, this shown in the attached graph. Lockdowns are the moment where the performance of high capacity, reliable fibre broadband truly delivers for New Zealanders.

Despite record traffic levels, there is no congestion in the Chorus network.

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