South Africa’s major ISPs have revealed their biggest data users in 2017 to MyBroadband, showing that many subscribers exceed 10TB per month.
In recent years, many broadband users have migrated from DSL to fibre-to-the-home, with peak downlink speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Upload speeds have also increased significantly with symmetrical fibre services, which means it is possible to consume much more data than before.
Apart from faster connection speeds, more bandwidth-intensive content like 4K video is driving increased data usage.
The biggest user on Afrihost’s network, for example, used 58.9TB on his 40Mbps Business DSL account in 2017.
The table below provides an overview of the biggest “bandwidth hogs” in South Africa in 2017, based on peak monthly usage.
|Biggest Data Users in South Africa|
|ISP||Connection||Monthly Data Usage|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Maboneng Fibre||21.2TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Openserve||18.2TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/100Mbps on Vumatel||17.6TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Mitsol||15.5TB|
|Axxess||1000/100Mbps on Vumatel||15.3TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Openserve||14.7TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Openserve||14.1TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Metrofibre Networx||13.5TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Openserve||11.9TB|
|Cool Ideas||100/50Mbps on Openserve||11.5TB|
|Afrihost||100Mbps Priority Uncapped Fibre||10.7TB|
|Axxess||100/50Mbps on Openserve||10.4TB|