The number of people accessing their phones to watch live streaming from the Olympics DOUBLED during Katie Taylor’s historic bid for gold last Thursday according to Three Ireland.

Stats from the mobile operator show that at approximately 4.30pm on Thursday 9th August, video streaming volumes sky-rocketed as the whole of Ireland shut down to turn their attention to watch the Bray boxer punch her way to victory. Three also recorded a significant increase in the number of people accessing the internet from their mobile. 20% more people surfed the Net during the bout which saw Katie win Ireland’s first gold medal in boxing for 20 years. The last boxer to achieve gold was Michael Carruth in 1992.

The last time Three witnessed similar peaks in data usage was back in 2009 when Shane Lowry won the Three Irish Open.

Sharon McHugh, Communications manager for Three Ireland said: “With our ‘All You Can Eat’ data offering, internet usage is always high but for Katie’s fight data usage and in particular video streaming was through the roof as people watched in awe and tweeted with glee. The stats certainly seem to back up what we already knew, the whole country was texting and talking and sharing the moment.”

But even without Katie’s bout to boost data usage, Three customers are already surfing the Net to their hearts content. A recent analysis conducted by Three showed that customers on its €40 a month Classic Flex Max price plan are using THREE times the amount of data that other mobile network customers are using, thanks to Three’s ‘All you can eat’ data plan.

The average data usage for Three ‘All you can eat’ customers is 1.179GB (1,207MB). That’s THREE times the amount currently offered by rival network O2 (350mb) under the same €40 a month plan and more than twice that of Vodafone’s data usage offering of 500MB.

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