Covid 19 coronavirus: Lockdown fuels one other surge in broadband – and a Saturday night time quirk – NZ Herald


Broadband spiked as individuals moved extra information round and videochatted extra because the fourth lockdown hit – however with extra individuals ready, it was lower than earlier stage adjustments. Picture / 123rf

The fourth lockdown produced one other large spike in broadband use.

However with Aucklanders and the nation as a complete getting used to the drill, it was lower than the kick-off of earlier stage 3 and 4 efforts.

Refrain, which operates most of our broadband networks, mentioned site visitors peaked at 1.58 terabits per second at noon yesterday, a rise of 40 per cent on final week. The Auckland area noticed a 71 per cent uplift in site visitors, whereas the remainder of New Zealand elevated by 9 per cent.

The UFB fibre operator additionally flagged an attention-grabbing site visitors sample on Saturday night time, when web use dropped markedly as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and director basic of well being Ashley Bloomfield gave a televised deal with asserting the extent change at 9pm – then surging once more after the press convention wrapped up.

No broadband points had been reported. It helped that most individuals who can earn a living from home at the moment are setup. Tens of 1000’s of preparatory Zoom calls weren’t required.

Whereas a serious spike, it was down on the 1.75 Tbps recorded on the Monday of the third lockdown – which itself was nowhere close to day two of the primary lockdown, which noticed the deluge of quick web information hit a report 3.03 Tbps, which Refrain mentioned was the equal to 600,000 motion pictures being streamed directly – and near the utmost capability of its community of round 3.5 Tbps.

Earlier than numerous information had been set throughout lockdown 1, the earlier excessive was 2.6 Tbps throughout the Rugby World Cup 2019.

The February lockdown (in blue) and the current lockdown (orange) have seen broadband traffic spike over a normal week (blue). Source / Chorus
The February lockdown (in blue) and the present lockdown (orange) have seen broadband site visitors spike over a standard week (blue). Supply / Refrain

However whereas Monday’s peak site visitors was a comparatively modest 1.58 terabits per second, or the complete day information travelling throughout the Refrain community reached 20 petabytes, a determine final seen throughout the March 2020 lockdown. This quantity of information is equal to over six million hours of streaming tv in excessive definition in a single day, Refrain says.

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