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M-net: Data volume in the networks increases by 50 percent

Last updated on March 9, 2021

M-net has a powerful FTTB network. Apparently, customers take advantage of this.

At the beginning of the corona crisis, data traffic for Internet and telephony in M-net’s networks jumped by around 50 percent and remained at the same high level after the summer months. This was announced by the FTTB operator on December 3, 2020. “Upstream traffic has even more than tripled due to home schooling and home office. For video and music streaming, we are seeing a 30 percent increase,” said Hermann Rodler, Technical Director of M-net.

These are clear evidence of the changed user behaviour of customers in times of the corona pandemic, said Rodler. With other fixed network operators, the growth in data volume is not as strong as with M-net. Where fast Internet connections are available for residential customers at M-net, almost 100 percent of new customers opt for a connection with at least 100 Mbit/s, according to the company, compared to just over 80 percent a year ago. Around two-thirds of new customers now even choose a connection with 300 Mbit/s or more, whereas just a year ago this speed was only demanded by around one in ten customers. The number of bookings for these lines has thus increased more than tenfold year-on-year over the entire period since March 2020. Existing customers are also increasingly switching to higher bandwidths: The number of residential customers who decided to upgrade to a bandwidth of at least 100 Mbit/s under their contract rose by more than 50% between March and November 2020 compared to the previous year. The number of existing customers who have increased their bandwidth to 300 Mbit/s and more has even increased sevenfold in the same period compared to the previous year.

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