Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:57

Australians’ data demand on NBN increases during COVID-19 Featured

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Data demand on the NBN’s main wholesale access service continues to reflect Australians’ reliance on the network to keep them connected and working productively during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

The latest report from the operators of the National Broadband Network, NBN Co, shows that for the week from Monday, 15 June to Sunday, 21 June, peak download throughput — the measure of data flowing through the NBN network during the busy evening period — increased by 21% to 13.4 terabits per second (Tbps) on the main NBN wholesale service, compared to the last week of February (which NBN measures as its normal pre-COVID-19 baseline).

The figures have been released from Australian Broadband Data Demand, a weekly report into the peak throughput recorded in a week during daytime business hours, early evening hours and busy evening hours.

The report also reveals that peak download throughput during the week beginning Monday, 15 June also increased compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline during daytime business hours, up 26% to 9.8Tbps, and during early evening hours, up 27% to 12.4Tbps, on the main NBN wholesale service.

The downstream data demand observed on the NBN main wholesale access service over the past two weeks comes as many Australians continue to work from home and coincided with the release of a software update for a popular online multi-player game

Peak upload throughput on the main NBN wholesale service in the evening busy hours for the week beginning 15 June increased by 21 per cent to 0.93Tbps, compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline. In the early evening hours, peak upload throughput increased 29% to 0.88Tbps, and peak throughput during daytime business hours increased by 52 per cent to 0.76Tbps, compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

Compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline before social distancing measures were implemented, downstream network usage on the NBN main wholesale service during business hours on 19 June 2020 was 28%higher (as shown in the graph below at 11am) than the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

Upstream network usage on the NBN main wholesale service during business hours on 19 June 2020 was 61% than the pre-COVID-19 baseline.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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