NBN Co has announced it is extending its offer to provide up to 40% additional capacity to retail ISPs at no extra cost for a further two months, as part of measures designed to support telecoms providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release NBN Co also confirmed it was extending an offer to increase the data allowance for its standard satellite-based ‘Sky Muster’ service to 90GB again by two months.
NBN Co’s initial capacity offer was launched in March 2020 with a view to giving retail ISPs pricing relief for up to 40% more Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) capacity, where available and required, in response to increased COVID-19 related user demand. While the initial offer had been scheduled to run for three months through to May, it has now been extended by a further two billing periods, through to July 2020, as NBN Co acknowledged ‘data demand continues to track above pre-COVID-19 levels’.
Indeed, according to NBN Co, for the week from 20 April to 26 April, peak download throughput (the measure of data flowing through the National Broadband Network [NBN]) during daytime business hours increased by 18%, to 9.2Tbps, when compared to the last week of February 2020 (the baseline period for pre-COVID-19 levels of demand). Meanwhile, the peak download throughput on the main wholesale service recorded in the early evening hours for the week beginning 20 April increased by 17% to 11.5Tbps compared to the pre-COVID-19 baseline, while the peak download throughput on the main wholesale service in the evening ‘busy hours’ increased by 13%, to 12.5Tbps.