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Kiwis use enough data to watch 10,000 years of HD movies

Broadband connections consumed 276 million gigabytes of data in the month of June 2017, Stats NZ said today. That’s enough data to watch 92 million hours of high definition (HD) movies – more than 10,000 years of screen time. This was a 93 percent increase from June 2016.

“Residential broadband connections in New Zealand used around 170 gigabytes each, on average, during the month of June 2017, compared with 88 gigabytes in June 2016,” business performance senior manager Daria Kwon said.

“That’s equivalent to 243 hours of streaming videos, or 57 hours if you watch in HD.”

The proportion of broadband connections with no data cap increased to 62 percent by 30 June 2017, and 12 percent had a cap of 100 gigabytes or more a month. Residential connections with a data cap of 100 gigabytes or more have increased 171 percent since 30 June 2016.

The increase in residential data usage was most likely influenced by people moving to online services for news and entertainment. Video-streaming services, such as YouTube and Netflix, adjust picture quality to match the connection speed. This means that as internet technology improves, data consumption grows.

These figures come from the annual Internet Service Provider Survey, which is sent to all internet service providers in New Zealand.

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Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 10 October 2017

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