Is this the end of cheap Internet? Due to the pandemic, data consumption has increased significantly – NeeWS

Of course, it should come as no surprise to anyone that moving work, learning and entertainment home means we use more data than usual, but the scale of this phenomenon definitely deserves attention. Last year, ISPs recorded significant changes in network traffic, as well as the so-called during peak hours, which has forced them to accelerate their network expansion efforts and provide additional server space to meet this unique demand. In their opinion, the use of the Internet is reaching unimaginable levels and is still growing every month, not only in the business sector, but also in the individual sector.

Therefore, we must prepare … for increases – such information comes to us from the United States, where service providers are to prepare to raise prices for households whose data consumption exceeds a terabyte per month. And according to the recently published OpenVault report, such people are growing from month to month and in the last quarter of last year as many as 14% of subscribers consumed this amount of data, which is almost twice as high as in the corresponding period of the previous year (both users with unlimited Internet and those with imposed limits).

However, households with unlimited internet access consume more than those with limits, and 2.5% of them can boast of consuming more than 2 terabytes of data per month. However, the average consumption in the fourth quarter of last year was 482.6 GB, while a year earlier it was still 344 GB, so the difference is huge. Interestingly, most of this increase occurred several months after the first lockdowns, as the results in the second and third quarters were only slightly above average. At that time, many providers decided to lift the limits for their users, in theory facilitating their new home life, but mainly in order to present them with new ones, in higher-price packages – this is supposed to be expected on a mass scale. especially if we use so much data, so the times of cheap internet may be a thing of the past.

Source: GeekWeek.pl/OpenVault


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