2degrees says its customers are playing a great game of ‘go home, stay home’

A series of data maps released by 2degrees shows its customers are doing a great job at staying at home and away from recreational areas as the country nears the end of Alert Level 4 lockdown.

The maps reflect the change from the last week of February and the last week of March 2020 as the country went from working normally compared to the first week of lockdown.

2degrees’ Chief of Technology Martin Sharrock said the team at 2degrees released the maps to encourage New Zealanders to keep up the great work and keep staying a home.

“Mobile and broadband data and voice traffic on the 2degrees national network has increased in the suburbs and decreased in the city centres. And while those of us in the industry talk data and terabytes, these maps are a simple and effective way of showing the impact”

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The voice traffic shows a spike on Monday 23 March 2020, which was the day the Prime Minister announced the move to level three and four alert levels.

“The story here is simple. We needed to pick up the phone and call our loved ones. And while in ordinary circumstances, we might use a web-based app to make a voice call, the traditional phone call was our ‘go to’ on March 23rd,” said Mr Sharrock.

Since then, the data shows 2degrees customers are moving through the towns significantly less than before. Handover data, which tracks how often mobile phones move from getting their service from one tower to another, has decreased by 75%.

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“Our essential workers are still moving and bikes rides and walks around your local area will mean some movement is seen, but it is much lower than normal. Well done New Zealand from 2degrees!” he said.

Other geographic points to note are:

  • For Auckland: traffic on the Gulf Islands has all but gone and there are no visitors to Rangitoto, Motutapu or Tiri Tiri Matangi. The exception is Kawau Island, which has a small population of houses where people have gone for lock down. The Northern beaches are very quiet, as is the Auckland CBD and State Highway one. 
  • For Wellington:  very little traffic in the CBD and Oriental Parade, around the Airport and on the highway into the city from Porirua. The beaches are quieter too, especially from Petone around to Seaview, and the Kapiti Coast beaches
  • Christchurch: The CBD area is very quiet as are the beaches and rivers. There is a real drop around Hagely Park, Riccarton, in and around the university of Canterbury

“Our essential workers are still moving and bikes rides and walks around your local area will mean some movement is seen, but it is much lower than normal. Well done New Zealand from 2degrees!” he said.

Other geographic points to note are:

  • For Auckland: traffic on the Gulf Islands has all but gone and there are no visitors to Rangitoto, Motutapu or Tiri Tiri Matangi. The exception is Kawau Island, which has a small population of houses where people have gone for lock down. The Northern beaches are very quiet, as is the Auckland CBD and State Highway one. 
  • For Wellington:  very little traffic in the CBD and Oriental Parade, around the Airport and on the highway into the city from Porirua. The beaches are quieter too, especially from Petone around to Seaview, and the Kapiti Coast beaches
  • Christchurch: The CBD area is very quiet as are the beaches and rivers. There is a real drop around Hagely Park, Riccarton, in and around the university of Canterbury.Mobile voice traffic 2