Gearing up for the summer break as data use set to soar
Now school’s out for summer we’re predicting there’ll be lots of trampoline jumping, sand castle making, and ice block eating by kids across the country. But if our network stats are anything to go by, they’ll be consuming a whole lot of broadband data these holidays too.
During the recent October school holidays, New Zealand’s weekly data use on the Chorus network soared compared to usual school weeks in September. With kids at home and on holiday, we saw:
- National data use increase by 30 per cent between 8am – 3pm.
- More data consumed after 8pm – likely thanks to parents being more relaxed about later bedtimes.
Many of us like to think we’ll unplug over the holidays, but the reality seems to be quite different.
Last summer, data usage on our network in the Coromandel area was over 50 per cent higher in January 2017 than it was in November 2016. We usually see this kind of growth over a year, not two months.
The Chorus fibre and copper network is congestion free, meaning our network will always have more capacity for data than you need so that we can continue to deliver the same reliable connection at any time of the day. Looking ahead to the summer break, we’ve been working hard to predict where summer holiday data surges are likely to occur to make sure Kiwis can always get a better broadband experience. The Bay of Islands, Gisborne and Taupo are just some of the favourite holiday spots where we’re predicting an increase in data use this summer.
If you think your family will be using lots of data over the summer holidays, at home or at the bach, it’s worth checking what broadband plan you’re currently on and if it’s right for your needs. If you don’t have one already, unlimited data plans are a great way to make sure you never run out of data.