NBN Co shows its top user now hits 26TB a month

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NBN Co shows its top user now hits 26TB a month

Manages to find another 2.5 - 3TB.

NBN Co’s biggest user is based in Queensland and is consuming 26TB of data a month.

The network builder Monday provided its first update on a set of consumption numbers it has only previously disclosed once before.

In June 2018, NBN Co first revealed the top user on its network managed 23.6TB of data usage.

Citing June 2019 numbers, NBN Co now says “the hungriest consumer lives in Queensland and consumed 26,807 GB in [that month] alone.”

An NBN Co spokesperson confirmed the user is on a residential plan, rather than a business plan.

NBN Co suggested it is keeping some sort of league table ranking the network’s top individual users.

In a statement, it said that, “As a state, Victoria consumes the second largest amount of data. In addition, four out of the top 20 individual consumers also live in the garden state.”

NBN Co has previously sporadically released other league tables, including one listing the most expensive fibre-to-the-premises connections by cost. It repeatedly refused to release any more of that particular dataset.

Most of the numbers NBN Co showed off today are based on data consumption at a state level, which don’t really prove much.

One statistic that might gain some notice is that NBN Co claims there is almost no divide between “city” and “regional” Australia based on data consumption, though it uses “regional” and “rural” interchangeably.

“The divide between rural and metropolitan Australia is getting closer, with data showing regional average monthly use per user is 246GB compared to 270GB in metro,” NBN Co said.

However, it isn’t clear how NBN Co has drawn this boundary.

In addition, it masks the disparity between what fixed-line and fixed wireless and satellite users can access, since the latter still are largely on plans with limited quotas.

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