Thanks to the annual report of the National Commission of Markets and Competition we can know what is the volume of traffic that each user consumes. Therefore, how many gigabytes do you need in your rate if you want to live without a router at home. It depends on each person, of course, and on the uses and tastes you have. But we can get an idea of how much we are going to need…
30 GB more per month in the last year
According to the CNMC report, the volume of traffic has increased in recent months. The volume of data on fixed networks, according to the report, was 53.971 million TB in the year 2021. Much more than the previous year: in 2020 the use of fiber increased due to the time that Spaniards spend at home but it remained in 46.264 million TB compared to more than fifty this last year.
How much use did each Spaniard make of the gigas? Beyond the exact data of the report, we can get it by dividing the total consumption of TB in Spain during the year 2021 by the fixed lines in the year 2021. This would give us the annual consumption of each Spaniard approximately (around 3,200 GB) and, dividing for twelve months, it would give us the estimated monthly consumption of each user: 269.1561 GB per line per month. Compared to the previous year, 31 GB more during the last twelve months than in 2020.
What should we consider?
We must bear in mind that the 269 GB of monthly broadband consumption estimated by the CNMC refers to a single line, but does not imply that it is a single person. In other words, if there are three users using the same network, we must bear in mind that not each of them is consuming almost 270 GB, but perhaps less than 100 GB per person with that fiber connection…
And it is possible to find rates with 100 GB of data at a good price. It is offered by o2, for example, with additional lines that give us these gigabytes for 15 euros per month.
Can we substitute fiber for mobile network?
There are many rates with unlimited data that would allow us to use these 269 GB month by month to replace the fiber optic connection over the mobile network but we would find many problems… The first is that most operators have limitations and unlimited data is not always unlimited, but rather we must comply with a “reasonable” or “responsible” use policy and the almost 300 gigabytes of monthly data are not would always fall within these conditions.
We also have the problem of speed. Fiber optics can offer us great cable speeds and up to 1 Gbps is offered in the rates. But when we use the mobile network we never reach this speed and, in addition, the unlimited rates also have speed restrictions. For example, Vodafone has limits of 10 Mbps in some of its unlimited although in another it offers us up to 1 Gbps of maximum speed.
Another problem is that of tethering. You can have an unlimited rate or a rate with 100 GB but you can only use it on the mobile phone in some cases because some operators limit the use of tethering (sharing data with other devices). Until 2020, Orange did it in its different rates.