The turn of the year causes record data pressure on the mobile network

New Year’s Eve has traditionally caused a lot of crowds on the network in the Netherlands. Compared to last year, mobile data traffic increased by more than one third. Celebrating at home also meant that more calls were made during the turn of the year. As in previous years, fewer text messages were sent.

Between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., a record use of 343 terabytes was measured on KPN’s mobile network. This is the largest increase in 10 years and significantly more than last year (38.3 percent), when the number of terabytes reached 248.

The data record shows not only that the mobile network is being used more and more, but also that large data files such as photos and videos are often sent to convey New Year’s wishes. In addition, video calls are becoming increasingly popular during New Years Eve.

The decline in SMS is also continuing this year. During the New Year 2021-2022, 1.4 million text messages were sent between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., which is less than in previous years. The number of calls was higher than last year, but stable compared to the turn of the year 2019-2020. Last New Year’s night, a total of 4.1 million telephone calls were made.

T-Mobile’s network used twenty times more data than at the turn of the year in 2020. The peak of data traffic was between 00:00 and 01:00. On average, about as much data was used on New Year’s Eve compared to a regular day in 2021.

On the one hand, this growth can be traced back to the growth in the customer base, but customers have also started to use more data.


Source: Mobile – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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