Three reveals what 10TB of data looks like (infographic)

16 Jun 2016

10TB is a lot of data

Mobile operator Three today revealed it carries 54pc of data in the country with 10 terabytes (TB) of data going through the air per hour. So what does 10TB of data look like?

Three, which is currently investing €300m in its network up to 2017, revealed that an enormous 1,747TB of data passes through its network per week – the equivalent of 10TB an hour.

“It’s interesting to see that 51pc of all data traffic is on our rural sites, and even though we do have more rural sites than urban sites, it really does show that mobile data is providing a real alternative,” said Elaine Carey, chief commercial officer at Three.

“4G penetration is also increasing significantly, with ComReg reporting that in Q1 2016 43.5pc of all mobile data was generated on 4G, compared with 18.8pc in Q1 2015.

“This is set to increase further with our investment of €300m in our network, which will result in a 145pc increase in 4G sites.

“In addition, the availability of 4G Plus across the country delivers the fastest speeds available on mobile with peak speeds of 225Mbps, meaning our customers can now do even more with their mobile device”, Carey said.

10TB is a lot of data

According to Three, 10TB is equal to 22,000 episodes of Game of Thrones or 8.7m WhatsApp messages of data going through the network every minute. This handy infographic will give  you an idea of the scale.

Three data usage infographic 2

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years