The 25TB man – South Africa’s biggest bandwidth hog

South Africa is in the midst of a fibre revolution,with consumers dumping DSL in preference of fast and affordable uncapped fibre-to-the-home.

The recent MyBroadband fibre survey revealed that 60% of tech-savvy consumers now have fibre connections. 84% of these fibre-to-the-home subscribers have uncapped accounts.

While there are many benefits of having a fast, uncapped broadband connection, one stands out – Netflix streaming.

Multiple Internet service providers told MyBroadband that Netflix streaming consumes by far the most bandwidth on their network.

Cybersmart CTO Laurie Fialkov said that their Netflix streaming peaks at 13Gbps, with YouTube a distant second.

Axxess director Franco Barbalich and Cool Ideas founder Paul Butschi echoed these views, with Netflix traffic dominating peak demand.

Biggest bandwidth hogs in South Africa

MyBroadband asked South Africa’s largest fibre ISPs how much data their top users consume, and the feedback was surprising.

Butschi told MyBroadband their top user, using a symmetrical 200Mbps fibre connection from Metrofibre, consumed 24.6TB of data per month.

The top user on Axxess’ network, Barbalich told MyBroadband, consumed 16.5TB using a 200Mbps fibre connection.

Cybersmart’s top users were more measured, with the top user ‘only’ consuming 2TB of data on a 500Mbps fibre-to-the-home service.

The table below provides an overview of the biggest bandwidth users on Cool Ideas, Axxess, and Cybersmart’s networks.

Biggest Bandwidth Users in South Africa
ISP Fibre Connection Data Used Per Month
Cool Ideas 200Mbps 24.60TB
Cool Ideas 200Mbps 15.90TB
Cool Ideas 500Mbps 14.49TB
Cool Ideas 100Mbps 8.42TB
Cool Ideas 100Mbps 6.48TB
Axxess 200Mbps 16.52TB
Axxess 100Mbps 14.99TB
Axxess 200Mbps 11.81TB
Axxess 200Mbps 10.86TB
Axxess 200Mbps 10.62TB
Cybersmart 500Mbps 2.00TB
Cybersmart 500Mbps 1.62TB
Cybersmart 100Mbps 1.52TB
Cybersmart 500Mbps 1.46TB
Cybersmart 500Mbps 1.41TB

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