Telstra hit with equivalent of 3.4m free HD movie downlods

TELSTRA'S free 24 hour mobile data period was a big flop for some users who complained of sluggish internet speeds throughout yesterday's free for all.

With Telstra's customers jumping on the network to get their share of the freebie, the telco was forced to intervene and control speeds to ensure coverage across the network.

This meant internet speeds were slow and even non-existent in some areas which prompted customers to complain about not being able to take advantage of the free data day as well as stream NRL and AFL games on Sunday.

Telstra offered the free data day after the telco was hit by another mass outage across its network last month.

Despite the backlash Telstra's Networks Group Managing Director Mike Wright said he was "glad to see the underlying strength of the network…despite a few hotspots where heavy users caused localised congestion".

By the end of Sunday Telstra customers had downloaded 2,686 terabytes of data, which is 46% more than what was downloaded on February's Free Data Day and works out to be equivalent to 3.4 million HD movies.

On the previous Free Data Day Telstra customers used 1841 terabytes of data.



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