New Australian Peak in Data Demand on NBN

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The latest NBN data consumption statistics show a new peak in both downloads and uploads as it continues to support Australians’ increased utilisation of high-speed broadband services. The Stage 4 lockdown in Victoria, combined with the scheduled release of software updates to a number of popular online games, contributed to a new peak in data demand across the network.

For the week from Monday 3 August to Sunday 9 August, download throughput (the measure of data flowing through the NBN) during the busy evening period peaked at 16.2 Terabits per second (Tbps) on the main NBN wholesale service. This represented an 8.6% increase on the peak of the previous week.

Peak download throughput during the same week also increased during daytime business hours to 10.8 Tbps, up 11.1% on the peak of the previous week, and the peak in the early evening hours was 15.1 Tbps, up 11.2% on the peak of the previous week.

Peak upstream throughput on the main NBN wholesale service in the evening busy hours for that week was 1.02 Tbps, compared to the previous week’s peak of 0.94 Tbps. In the early evening hours, peak upload throughput was 0.94 Tbps, compared to the previous week’s peak of 0.88 Tbps; and peak throughput during daytime business hours was 0.88 Tbps, compared to the previous week’s peak of 0.84 Tbps.

Compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline before social-distancing measures were implemented, downstream network usage on the NBN during business hours for the day on 7 August 2020 was 72% higher than pre-COVID-19. Upstream network usage during business hours on that same day was almost double the pre-COVID-19 baseline, up 95%.

The Australian Broadband Data Demand report is updated weekly on NBN Co’s Transparency dashboard at: www.nbn.com.au/updates