Australian Broadband Data Demand Remains Above Pre COVID 19 Baseline

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According to a recent NBN Co report, data demand on the NBN’s main wholesale access service remains above the pre-COVID-19 baseline as Australians continue to rely on the NBN to access work, education and social events.

For the week of Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July, peak download throughput (the measure of data flowing through the NBN) during the busy evening period increased by 24% to 13.7 Tbps on the main NBN wholesale service, compared to the last week of February (which NBN Co measures as its normal pre-COVID-19 baseline).

Peak download throughput during that measured week also increased during daytime business hours, up 21% to 9.4 Tbps, and early evening hours up 30% to 12.8Tbps, compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

Following several months of streaming at lower bitrates, major streaming video services have started returning to their pre-COVID-19 streaming bitrates, which may have contributed to an increase in data demand during the week.

Peak upload throughput on the main NBN wholesale service in the evening busy hours for that week increased by 22% to 0.94 Tbps, compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline. In the early evening hours, peak upload throughput increased 28% to 0.87 Tbps; and peak throughput during daytime business hours increased by 58% to 0.79 Tbps, 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 3 July 2020 was 53% higher than pre-COVID-19, while upstream network usage was 69% higher than the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

The Australian Broadband Data Demand report is updated weekly on NBN Co’s Transparency dashboard at