Virgin Media Broadband usage hits 200 Million Gigabytes for the Month of March

That’s enough data to fill 3 Million iPhone 12 smartphones


14th April 2021: March saw an unprecedented level of broadband usage with over 200,000,000 Gigabytes consumed over the course of the month which is enough to fill over 3 million iPhone 12s. Through working from home, schooling, streaming and gaming, particularly Call of Duty, each customer consumed close to 20 Gigabytes per day throughout the month. Just over 12 months ago that consumption was less than half.


When looking at gaming in particular and coinciding with the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season Two Reloaded update, Virgin Media also recorded its highest ever broadband peak on its network on Wednesday, March 31st, as gamers nationwide rushed to download the latest update, with the record-setting peak being recorded at just before 9pm that night.

More broadly, the first 3 months of 2021 shows the average user consuming over 18 Gigabytes per day, which was 7 Gigabytes and 70% more than the same time period in 2020.


Paul Higgins, Vice President of Commercial said: “Our customers reliance on a superfast yet reliable broadband connection is more important than ever with it playing a vital role in people’s ability to work, rest and play whilst staying connected at home. March was one of our busiest months on record with over 200 million Gigabytes used on our network alone. With online gaming and digital game stores becoming more and more popular with our customers as a way to stay connected with friends and download the latest titles and updates, it’s no surprise to see such a massive spike in our broadband usage off the back of the latest Call of Duty Warzone update on March 31st just gone.


Seen as one of the most popular online gaming titles right now, any time a major update lands, our users are quick to download it. With our superfast home broadband and award-winning in-home Wi-Fi*, we offer them great quality connectivity and reliability, ensuring these important gaming updates are downloaded quicker than ever and they’re ready to jump back into the action with their friends.”


“We’re committed to keeping up with demand and helping our customers stay connected at a time when our ultrafast and reliable services have never been more important to millions of people’s lives.”


*Ookla®, the independent consumer initiated testing platform named Virgin Media as Ireland’s fastest broadband provider, and Ireland’s fastest In-Home WiFi network.