Friday, 12 June 2020 02:47

NBN peak broadband data demands 'easing' post-COVID-19, says NBN Co Featured


Peak data demand on the National Broadband Network's main wholesale access service has eased as Australians start returning to schools and workplaces, although peak throughput on the main NBN wholesale access service remains above the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

Figures from that latest Australian Broadband Data Demand report from NBN Co - the operators of the NBN - show that from Monday, 1 June to Sunday, 7 June, peak download throughput (the measure of data flowing through the NBN access network) during the busy evening period increased by 6% to 11.8 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).

Australian Broadband Data Demand is a weekly report into the peak throughput recorded in a week during daytime business hours, early evening hours and busy evening hours.

The report from NBN Co also reveals that peak download throughput during the week beginning Monday, 1 June also increased compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline during daytime business hours, up 8 per cent to 8.4Tbps, and during early evening hours, up 7% to 10.5Tbps, on the main NBN wholesale service.

Although still above pre-COVID-19 levels, peak data demand across all three key times has seen a fall compared to the previous week, with this reduction in data demand following NBN Co’s recent announcement that it has extended its offer to provide Internet providers additional data capacity at no extra cost until 19 August.

Compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline, peak upload throughput on the main NBN wholesale service in the evening busy hours for the week beginning 1 June increased by 20% to 0.93Tbps.

Peak upload throughput in the early evening hours increased 31% to to 0.91Tbps; and peak throughput during daytime business hours increased by 70% to 0.85Tbps.

NBN Co says that 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 5 June 2020 was 24% higher than pre-COVID-19.

And upstream network usage on the NBN main wholesale service during business hours on 5 June 2020 was 70% higher than the pre-COVID-19 baseline, NBN Co concluded.

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