Usage Information

How to Estimate Your Internet Usage Requirements?
What is Internet Usage?
Internet usage is the amount of data which is transferred between your computer or other device (e.g. smart phone, tablet) and the Internet over a certain amount of time. This amount of data is measured in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes and gigabytes.
Data can be transferred in two ways;

  • From the Internet to your computer or device (download - e.g. watching a video online);
  • From your device or computer to the Internet (upload - e.g. uploading pictures to a social media site).

However you use the internet on your computer or device, all activities that use the Internet contribute to your overall usage which includes Uploads and Downloads.


What is the difference between download and upload?
A download means that data is transferred from the Internet to your computer or device.
Examples of downloads
Email: Opening emails involves opening files received such as PDFs, word documents, photos and other attachments as well as written messages within the body of the emails themselves.
Navigating the Web: Every site visited sends data to your computer so that it can display the information correctly.
Web-TV and Web-Radio: These online media types send a stream of data every second and so they use much more bandwidth than just surfing the web.
Chatting: This activity involves messages received in an online conversation. Video conference chatting uses more bandwidth than typed messages.
Note Downloading songs, movies, software or images also uses bandwidth.
An upload means data is transferred from your computer or device to the Internet.
Examples of uploads
Chatting: Each video conference or message sent in an online conversation is an upload. Video chatting involves larger amounts of data transfer than text chatting.
Email: Any message or attachment (photos or Word, Excel or PowerPoint files) sent in an email is an upload. The larger the file attachment, the larger the upload.
Music exchange sites (Peer-to-Peer): Some sites used for downloading files, songs and videos (such as iMesh, FrostWire, BitTorrent, Vuze, eMule, and etc.) are based on file exchanges which involves other users accessing your library to download songs from it and this can count towards internet usage as an upload.
Note Most people tend to download more than they upload.


What is a gigabyte (GB) of data?
A gigabyte (GB) is measurement unit for computer data that is technically about 1,048,576 Kilobytes (KB) and around 1000MB... but in the real world, this equates to approximately:

  • 1.5 hours of Video Conferencing
  • Around 200 music tracks (5MB each); or
  • Approximately 1000 images or photos (1MB each);
  • 1.4 standard definition movies (700MB per movie)
  • 2 hours of streaming TV (500MB an hour)

What can cause unexpected high usage?
The most common culprits for data disappearing are;

  • Videoconferencing: Communicating with other offices and/or your customers for extended periods of time via a Video Conferencing application.
  • Streaming: Video or audio content on YouTube, illico.tv, tou,tv, etc.
  • Online gaming: such as XBOX LIVE, Miniclip.com, Games.com
  • Automatic updates: e.g. Adobe, Windows, Explorer, etc.
  • Exchanging files via iTunes, LimeWire, Zik.ca, Kazaa, BitTorrent, etc.

How can I check and monitor my Internet usage?
For information about your current usage levels, please contact Customer Service by calling 1300-832-338.


How much data does it take to... ?
Below are some general estimates of common amounts of data used for usual internet activity. The guidelines below are only approximate so please be aware that actual usage could be far greater (e.g. if you utilise High Definition Video Conferencing, or download High Definition movies or images instead of standard definition versions or if you receive or send a large amount of emails with large attachments).

 


Activity Type

Measurement of estimated / approximate data used

Internet browsing/surfing

5MB per hour

Emails

500KB per email (estimate includes attachments & spam)

Video Conferencing

600MB per hour

Films

2GB per film (avi, mpeg, divx)

Game/Movie Trailers

100MB each

Music tracks

5MB per song (4-5min duration)

Online gaming

15MB per hour

Online radio

Average stream at 128Kbps

Photos/Documents

850KB per image

Videos

2MB per minute

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