Broadband Usage Guide

It’s not always easy to know how much data you might use every month. Knowing which broadband plan to choose really depends on how you use the internet.

You could be spending too much for data that you simply don’t need or you might not have enough data which may result in your service being shaped to a slower speed or excess data charges. Either situation can be resolved by a plan change.

To help you understand what online activities correlate to data use we’ve provided a rough guide below. It will help you better understand your needs and choose the right OntheNet broadband plan.

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Unlimited Data
Web Surfing
Facebook & Social Media
Music Streaming
Online Gaming
Internet TV (streaming)
Downloading Movies
Downloading Video Games


= Yes: This activity should be fine on this plan
= Caution: You may go over your limit
= Warning: You will likely go over your limit
The data above has been sourced from Correct as of 24/10/2017 and is to be used as a guide only.

Once you start using your service with OntheNet stats are available via the OntheNet Toolbox which shows daily use (per hour) so you can quickly understand your real usage.

OntheNet also provide notifications via email when you’ve reached various points of your data allocation. Read about spend management tools.

This is one of the biggest sources of confusion when talking about data and usage.

Think of the broadband data – measured in Megabytes (MB) or Gigabytes (GB) – as the amount of data that comes in, or goes out of your Internet connection.

Broadband speed – measured in Kilobits per second (Kbps) or Megabits per second (Mbps) – is the rate at which that data passes through your internet connection at ony one point in time.

There are many things that can affect the Broadband speeds you experience, from location and network setup to the number of users at your premises and your hardware.