More than half of internet users will have ditched data caps by now, figures suggests

The average Kiwi home consumed the equivalent of 85 hours of internet video in June.
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The average Kiwi home consumed the equivalent of 85 hours of internet video in June.

If you are still counting the number of gigabytes you consume at home on the internet, you are probably in the minority, figures released by Statistics NZ suggest.

As of the end of June, 49.4 per cent of broadband users had switched to plans with no monthly traffic cap, up from 32.6 per cent a year prior, with no reason to believe that trend has since ground to a halt.

Uncapped plans, the rise of internet television services and cloud computing are driving an even faster increase in the amount of data consumed, which was up by 70 per cent over the year to 143,000 terabytes.

The average home ate though 88 gigabytes of data in June, Statistics NZ senior manager Jason Attewell said.

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"That's equivalent to 85 hours of video or TV streaming," he said. 

The number of households with fibre-optic ultrafast broadband connections more than doubled over the year to 223,000 and made up 12 per cent of connections, Statistics NZ said.

Peter Cochrane, a former chief technology officer of British Telecom (BT) who is visiting Wellington, said New Zealand was "ahead of every country in Europe by a long way" when it came to fibre-to-the-home.

One sign of changing times was that more people watched the last debate between US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on YouTube than on broadcast television, he said.

But BT had launched a campaign in Britain saying it was unreasonable for customers to expect they should be able to watch internet TV, play a computer game, upload and download from the cloud, Skype and access email at the same time, he said.

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