How much broadband data do I need per week?
Choosing a broadband plan depends on how you typically use the internet and it is not always simple to know how much data you might be using each month.
You may be spending too much on a plan with a data allowance that you don’t need, or you could be on a plan with not enough weekly data, where your speed may be limited to 64Kbps (much slower than normal) if you go over your limit.
The table below offers a guide on data usage to help you stay within your budget whilst having enough data and receive the best online experience. Hopefully it assists you in understanding your broadband data needs and allow you to choose the right plan.
|1 GB p/week||5-10 GB p/week||10-20 GB p/week||20-40 GB p/week||40-60 GB p/week|
How do I keep track of my broadband data usage?
To keep an eye on your broadband data usage, you can sign in to the account section on our website to access our handy usage meter.
What’s the difference between the broadband data in my plan and broadband speed?
This difference is typically a big source of confusion when talking about data and usage.
Broadband data is measured in Megabytes (MB) or Gigabytes (GB) and can be thought of like a bucket of water.
Broadband speed, which is measured in Kilobits per second (Kbps) or Megabits per second (Mbps), is like the rate at which water passes through a hose.
Bits and Bytes aren’t the same. 8 Bits = 1 Byte. You don’t necessarily need to memorise this equation, but it helps to remember there is a difference between the two.
There are many things that can affect the internet speeds you experience, from location, network to the number of users and your equipment.