How Many Gigabytes a Person Spends Per Month on a Fixed Broadband Connection

Driven by Vivo, operators that sell fixed connection to broadband Internet began to move in order to establish or to assert the data reliefs contained in the contract. The example of what already happens with the mobile Internet, if that is forward soon will need to keep an eye on the consumption of your home connection otherwise, extrapolating the contractual limit, be disconnected or have severely reduced speed.

For the consumer, it is a clear setback. More than that, it is an extra difficulty having to measure this type of consumption and make contortions not to pass the established quota. Unlike mobile connection, usually restricted to the smartphone or a lot, it and one or another device (tablet, notebook), the Internet via fixed connection feeds a multitude of devices, if today can already be large, with Internet of things emerging tends to become huge. Just as today it is impossible to count how many products equipped with a chip have at home, in the near future we will not know to speak, ready, how many will be connected .

The worst is that Anatel, which should monitor and curb attempts to degrade the quality of services offered by telecom, said in a statement that the imposition of limits to fixed broadband is “beneficial” to the consumer. According to Carlos Baigorri, competition superintendent of Anatel, “there is not a single consumer, so for those who are below average, consumes less, the limit is better. And worse for those who consume too much.”

The justification is weak because it collides with vague concepts. “Very”, “little”, what does that mean in terms of broadband? And even if these subjective terms are converted into exact numbers invariably be worse than “no limit”. Today, even with net and hi with the forecast contract in franchise are very rare cases the application who exceeds these limits.

In addition to more network-connected devices terms, the actual use made of it is increasingly dependent on data, high quality streaming, heavy games, real-time collaboration video … All this calls for more and more data. Today the only hassle of downloading a game on steam, for example, is the delay in the download, due to the sole criterion for differentiation in the prices charged by operators, the access speed. You pay more for a faster connection.

In the new Vivo plans to franchise varies according to the contracted plan, ie, speed and traffic limits go together. Deductibles range from 10GB per month, which is pathetic, but appropriate to the equally bad speed of 200 Kb/s – which, in reality, nor should it be subsumed in the concept of “broadband” – 130GB, which they can be downloaded to 25 Mb/s. (Downloading at full speed, the limit would reach in very short 11 hours, 49 minutes and 58 seconds.)

Without thinking much, without resorting to calculations, now you can draw these limits are low. But I wanted to know how low they are. So I gathered some data and submitted myself to an almost manual measurement of my consumption data in order to get a more precise answer. Let the numbers?

Soup Numbers

The NET informs said customer panel, in real time, month data consumption. Vivo ensures that a similar tool will be made available to customers when the deductible limit comes into force, something planned for early 2017.

Otherwise, you need to chase tools to do this monitoring.

The easiest way depends on your router. Some models have a built-in monitor consumption, then just enter the administrative area of ​​it to check how many gigabytes have been downloaded and sent in a given period. Third-party firmwares as the famous DD-WRT also offer the feature, but here the problem is to put at risk the equipment in a delicate operation;if everything is working well, there is no reason to do so.

My router does not have a traffic monitor and, as he never gave me a headache, not cogito change your firmware for DD-WRT. So, I opted for a tool at a higher level in the network architecture: the application.

There are clear disadvantages to monitor traffic via apps, most of them being the inability to access any network traffic. In the test I conducted, I have restricted myself to the computer. There are some applications that do this monitoring and, in the case of OS X, Apple’s operating system, the Activity Monitor does this natively.

For a week before bed, open Activity Monitor and I jotted down the day of consumption in a small notebook – as did the old. Like this:

  • 24/2: DOWN, 1.95GB; PU 206MB.
  • 25/2: DOWN, 1.36GB; PU 178MB.
  • 26/2: DOWN, 985MB; PU 129MB.
  • 27/2: DOWN, 1.86GB; PU 238MB.
  • 28/2: DOWN, 319MB; UP, 34MB.
  • 29/2: DOWN, 1.34GB; PU 157MB.
  • 1/3: DOWN, 2.25GB; PU 147MB.

Adding download and upload consumption and then taking the average on the computer I spend 1.59GB of data per day. Multiplying by 30 (days in the month), we arrive at 47.7GB. By Vivo offers according to the speed of my connection I would already be very close to the monthly limit – 50GB in the 4 Mb/s connection; mine, of GVT-in-brief-Play is 5 Mb/s.

My use of the computer is relatively light. No game, no Netflix see, what else do is web browsing, e-mail and Twitter. Neither YouTube I see a lot; the channels that accompany videos and larger – read with more than five minutes – usually see on TV. This is important because, as I said up there, the computer is just part of everyday life.

How much Netflix consumes the service itself responds : up to 3GB per hour of high-definition content. Almost every day I see some series or video, there or on YouTube, for about an hour. So we can put in the account over 3GB daily.

Spotify is also another. Having subscribed to the Premium mode, the app gives me the option of streaming high quality files with bit rate of 320 Kb/s. Here the account is simple: 320 * 60 (seconds)/8 (bits conversion bytes) = 2400KB, or 2.4MB per minute. Multiply the result by 60 and reached 115.2MB per hour, which is much, on average, I hear the music all day.

There are other factors that add. Smartphone, for example. In WhatsApp times centralizing the digital lives of many people and serving as a central receiving and distribution of photos and videos, Facebook with automatic video to feed and upload photos and videos in the background to the cloud, is not a dispensable piece.

I found no tool for smartphones that monitor the Wi-Fi traffic. By working at home, use relatively little to carrier data connection, 3G/4G. Not to let this important field blank, open the historical operator’s data consumption that the system itself generates. Ali indicates that since December 28, two months ago, so I downloaded and send 1GB of data. Extrapolating on the basis that, proportionally, use the phone at home (on Wi-Fi), multiplied by four this value, reaching 2GB/month. Note that, I believe, this is a conservative estimate. It would not surprise me to discover that consumption more than that each month, the smartphone via Wi-Fi.

Update (14:30): After publication of the post, some readers pointed apps for iOS that make this work. They are: My Data Manager (Free) and WifiMan ($3.99). Thanks to Paul Higa and Bernardo Ferrari!

I still have a tablet and, occasionally, friends and family go home and use the Wi-Fi. Disregarding them, only I consume almost 5GB per day, or 150GB per month, above the most generous plan that Vivo offers in new contracts, that is 130GB.

My profile is economical and delete, account, sporadic events – system updates and download apps, for example. Also not counted the online matches of FIFA/Need for speed ​​and game updates. Indeed, imagine someone who buy at least one AAA game per month, which is not something from another world. Simply download it is able to add some tens of gigabytes In – The Division at the time the best selling game on steam, occupies 40GB of space.

And more: I live alone. According to the latest census IBGE, 2010, an average of 3.34 people living in each household. Although consumption I auferi be cut in half trebled it gets bigger – this hypothetical house with three people who consume half of what I consume come to the end of the month with 225GB costs.