1,841 Terabytes Of Data Downloaded On Telstra's Free Data Day

After Telstra’s 3G and 4G networks went down last week, compensation was offered in the form of a free day of data. So exactly how much free data can you use in a day? It seems some were on a mission to find out.

“By midnight, our customers had downloaded 1,841 terabytes of data. That’s the equivalent of around 2.3 million movies, or 5.1 million episodes of Game of Thrones, or 23 million downloads of Kanye’s new The Life of Pablo album, or 1.4 billion downloads of last year’s Miles Franklin winner, Eye of the Sheep – depending on the source and the quality of the file, of course.” Telstra Group Managing Director Mike Wright said in a statement.

“We hope it helps make up for some of the inconvenience we caused.”

One imgur user seemed pretty happy with the arrangement, and had a quick message for the telco: “Thanks.”

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“Our Australian network had its busiest day ever yesterday as customers enjoyed free data all day, as part of our apology for last week’s mobile outage,” Wright says.

“As soon as midnight ticked over we saw traffic jump up. It reached weekday peak traffic levels by 8am and climbed rapidly from there.”

“All of our customers’ mobile data was included — personal customers, business customers, pre-paid customers (even if they had no credit in their plan), mobile broadband customers, and customers with our retail partner Boost.”

“Over the course of the day we had twice as much traffic as we would normally see on a Sunday (or any day). As we anticipated, the high demand meant some customers had slower than normal data speeds on 4G services, but overall the network performed as designed.”

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