How much is a gigabyte (GB) of data?

With one GB of data, you could:

  • spend 51 hours on Facebook
  • watch 10 30-minute episodes of TV
  • listen to about 250 songs on a music streaming app or website
  • watch about 50 five-minute YouTube videos

One GB of data is about:

  • 100 large software programs
  • 250 music tracks
  • 100 short video clips
  • 20,000 photos
  • 16,000 web pages
  • 2 movies

How to control how much data Netflix uses

Here’s what Netflix recommends: “To select a setting that works best for your Internet plan, navigate to the Your Account page and select Playback settings in the My Profile section. It can take up to 8 hours for these changes to take effect. Restricting data usage may affect video quality while watching Netflix.” Learn more on the Netflix help page.

Data caps: how and why

At CCL Networks, we deliver high-speed wireless internet where other methods of delivery don’t exist or aren’t economical to implement. The short explanation for why data caps are important is this: we use a leading technology to provide high speed internet to rural areas that means users have to share the available bandwidth. Therefore, we implement data caps to make sure that all our customers can enjoy standard internet access whenever they like.

For internet customers who live in a high population density urban area, such as cities and larger towns, internet services are often delivered using telephone wires (ADSL), or by using cables from the cable television network. The high costs of building a cable television network make them feasible only in high population density areas. So in areas where these systems have been built, it is now possible to deliver internet at very high speeds and with higher or nonexistent data caps.

In rural areas, it is not economical to use cable television systems or telephone wires. But CCL Networks knew that it was possible to reach rural customers and deliver a much better internet service than the old dial-up service that rural customers were using. The technology that made it economically possible is called fixed wireless, but it does come with some limitations that urban delivery methods do not have. 

Fixed wireless uses radio towers with transmitters called access points to send wireless signals to the customer’s homes. This system works very well, with each access point supporting about 30 customers with usage patterns typical of today’s internet activity.

Each access point must share its maximum capacity with all of the connected customers. If the number of customers increases or the typical usage pattern increases, the access point will become saturated or congested and all of the connected customers will experience a slowing of available speeds. If this condition should occur, the only solution is to put up another tower with more access points to distribute the load until congestion no longer occurs. These towers are expensive and the associated costs are a large factor in determining the rates charged for the speeds and data limits offered.

Monthly data limits are necessary to insure that a small percentage of users cannot rapidly overwhelm the access point and cause a negative experience for all of the other users before enough revenue is received to allow for orderly expansion.

At CCL Networks, we are committed to the planning and managing of our network to ensure the best possible experience for our customers. Monthly data limits are a key part of this process.

How to check your data usage

CCL Networks customers have the ability to check how much data they have used and how much data they are allowed to use in each monthly period. The monthly data allocation will reset every month on a day that is assigned at random and will be shown on the data usage website.