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Tech & Science Blame PlayStation nerds, not us! NBN chief says video game players are clogging up the under-fire network - as he threatens to limit download speeds for heavy data users

05:57  05 june  2018
05:57  05 june  2018 Source:

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During a parliamentary hearing this week the head of NBN called out online gamers as a significant cause of congestion for the fixed wireless network. 

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow was questioned during a parliamentary hearing  this week where he said that heavy data users could be targeted under a new 'fair use policy'. 

This comment came after he said the network was looking into slowing down or even limiting downloads for internet users during peak hours, ABC News reported. 

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NBN boss Bill Morrow. © AAP Image/Mick Tsikas NBN boss Bill Morrow. 'While people are gaming it is a high bandwidth requirement that is a steady streaming process,' he said. 

Mr Morrow described the process as 'traffic shaping' where they could limit what download speeds they offer to users at particular times. 

However the Australian Communications and Media Authority stated that their 2016 data had shown increases in data transferring in Australia was more due to downloading video content. 

Man plays PlayStation. © Shutterstock Man plays PlayStation. Labor's regional communications spokesperson Stephen Jones described it as 'extraordinary' that the NBN Co has underestimated demand on the network and the obvious future consumption growth. 

'The only conclusion we can make is that there will be data rationing in the wireless footprint, as there is with satellite,' he said. 

A spokesperson for Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said NBN Co was making the required steps to secure the future of network consumption. 

'NBN is taking steps to upgrade and augment the group of towers experiencing congestion, and is prudently planning to manage future demand so that fixed wireless users can make the most of the available network capacity,' he said. 

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