Australia’s nbn set a new peak traffic record on 3 November, when gamers smashed the old record by downloading a Fortnite update and new Call of Duty game. This is the equivalent of more than half a million simultaneous Fortnite downloads at 50 Mbps, or more than 1.1 million simultaneous 4K video streams.
The new record beat the previous high of 24.98 Tbps set in June and was almost 19 per cent higher than the average traffic peak on the nbn network in October of 22.5 Tbps – the equivalent of more than 900,000 simultaneous 4K video streams.
Dr Robert Joyce, Head of Customer Strategy and Innovation at nbn, said: “Around 8.6 million homes and businesses are now connected to our network, and we carry over 80 per cent of Australia’s download traffic. We monitor the network 24/7 for customer trends and to stay ahead of demand.
“Our 2023 Top Network Insights show our customers are using more data than ever. New network usage records were set and broken three times in the last 12 months. We’ve built a network that’s kept ahead of data demand and will continue to support Australians as their need for speed and increased data volumes continues to grow. With data usage more than tripling in the past seven years, and with average households now having around 21 connected devices, it’s a timely reminder to check your home broadband plan is still meeting what you want from your broadband service.”