Enable’s fibre broadband network is seeing an increase in usage as the Christchurch as the lockdown leads to a increased demand for video conferencing and other online services.
“The first day of the lockdown was the largest day of usage ever on the Enable fibre broadband network – with 2.9 million gigabytes carried over it or a 45 per cent increase,” said Enable’s Executive Director, Mark Petrie.
People on Enable’s fibre broadband network across greater Christchurch downloaded 47 per cent more data on the first day of lockdown and have uploaded 32 per cent more data.
The time of day in which the network is being heavily used has changed during the lockdown as well. Customers are downloading a lot more content and other data during the middle of the day – a usually quieter time.
“This suggests lots of people are at home turning to the internet to be entertained. The increase in data downloaded each day is the equivalent of 140,000 more HD movies being streamed,’ said Mr Petrie.
The increase in data uploaded is likely to strongly reflect the increase in use of video conferencing.
“We’ve seen the largest increases of uploaded data during the times of day when people are busy doing business over video conferencing and students are connecting with their teachers and fellow students,” added Mr Petrie.
The increase in uploading is the equivalent of about 65,000 additional hour-long video conferences happening each day across Christchurch. One of the things that differentiates fibre broadband from some other broadband technologies, such as copper and fixed wireless, is its ability to deliver faster and more reliable upload performance, and, therefore, support high-quality video conferencing.
Despite the increase in usage through lockdown, the network still has half its capacity available to respond to even more use by the community.
“As a business that’s owned by our local community it’s very rewarding to know that we support our community and deliver an essential service in a time of need, and we will continue to do so in future,” said Mr Petrie.