Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) said it is coping with rising demand for broadband services as more Australians are being forced to work and study from home because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Stephen Rue, CEO of NBN, told the online audience of the annual CommsDay summit that the traffic increases "remain well within the capacity headroom" built into the network. Last week, peak data traffic during busy evening hours increased by 18% from the pre-pandemic benchmark to 13.1 Tbit/s, while the peak recorded in the early evening hours increased 21% to 11.8 Tbit/s. The peak measured during business hours increased 24% to 9.6 Tbit/s.
Rue said congestion and outages have remained at low levels, "with no material increase compared to previous months." He also urged the telecoms industry to work closely together to support Australians through the crisis.
The Australian government recently asked content companies to find ways to throttle their traffic to prevent the NBN from being overwhelmed by a surge in work-from-home demand.
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