Chorus tracks streaming video boom

Freeview and Sky’s new products come as Chorus releases new stats showing surging broadband use.

It might be in hot water about the treatment of its subcontractors, but the latest stats show Aucklanders are getting more and more use out of Chorus’s broadband network (see table below).

The company’s latest stats show the average Auckland home used 273 gigabytes of broadband data in November 2018 compared to 214GB in 2017, a 28 per cent increase as UFB fibre uptake increase (around half of customers in UFB areas are now connected).

273GB is the equivalent of watching over 90 hours of content on Netflix each month, Chorus says.

Broadband data use surges in the early evening as people fire up Netflix, Lightbox and other streaming video services. Dark green=Nov 17, light green=Nov 18. Image / Chorus.
Broadband data use surges in the early evening as people fire up Netflix, Lightbox and other streaming video services. Dark green = Nov 17, light green = Nov 18. Image / Chorus.

The Netflix reference is apt.

Chorus’ stats show usage spiking in the evening as people stream video from Netflix, Lightbox, Amazon and other on-demand services.

“People’s viewing habits have shifted online and it’s no longer just down to Netflix. TVNZ now have online only, OnDemand content, while Freeview has just launched a device [the above-mentioned SmartVu] that brings free-to-air content onto a streaming platform,” Chorus Network Strategy Manager Kurt Rodgers says.Register now to gain acce