VPN use in Australia has been growing since the government and ISPs began taking new measures to counter piracy, according to new figures.
Torrent Freak has published new data findings that show searches for “VPN” in Australia has shot up over the last few days while TorGuard who says it has seen a “steady increase” in Australian subscribers and has recently installed new servers in Australia and New Zealand as well as LA.
A second VPN provider, who asked to remain anonymous, revealed a similar situation:
“We are seeing a peak in traffic and sales from Australia. In the past two weeks we saw an 88% traffic increase”
Australia and New Zealand have long been considered ‘piracy hotspots’ owing to the high stats of illegal downloading and streaming from users down under; the main reason for this stems from staggered release dates for digital content at higher prices than the US and Europe.
VPN use is also high in these countries in trying to access Netflix. The streaming giant however will be launching its service in Australia and New Zealand later this month.
According to a report cited by Variety, Australia has some 200,000 Netflix subscribers already who are using software like VPNs or Smart DNS. The consumer rights group Choice says the figure is 300,000.
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