Biggest ADSL bandwidth hogs in SA revealed

South Africa’s top uncapped ADSL users are consuming close to 2TB of data per month. This is according to the latest uncapped ADSL usage stats from the country’s top ISPs.

Cybersmart revealed that one of their business uncapped ADSL subscribers consumed 1,833GB (hence around 1.8TB) of data per month. Two other Cybersmart users also broke the 1.8TB monthly barrier.

Openweb CEO Keoma Wright said that their top consumer uncapped account holder downloads around 1.8TB per month – without fail.

“This client has been hitting our record each month for the last year and a half. He is subscribed to a 10Mbps line, but we believe his line syncs at a higher rate,” said Wright.

Afrihost’s top uncapped ADSL user, who uses a business uncapped account, consumed 1,297GB of data over the last 31 days.

Axxess top uncapped ADSL consumer used 868GB per month, with the second and third highest users consuming 784GB and 689GB respectively.

True uncapped ADSL abusers

Laurie Fialkov
Laurie Fialkov – Cybersmart CEO

While the data usage listed above is cause for concern for ISPs who are trying to protect their network, there are users who have consumed even more data per month.

Cybersmart’s statistics show that there were four users who exceeded 2TB of data usage per month. The top user consumed just over 3TB of data (3,005GB).

Cybersmart CEO Laurie Fialkov explained that these users typically run their uncapped accounts on two ADSL lines – breaking the agreement with their ISP.

However, this type of abuse will be stopped in future with more intelligent systems.

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