What happens when all the shops and transport come to a standstill for an entire day? Internet usage rockets. On Christmas day,Sky said that it saw the amount of data crossing its network peak at a huge 5 terabits-per-second (Tbps). The company boasts six million subscribers, many of whom would have been getting online to stream Netflix or to post pictures of their kids opening presents on social media.
The new peak shows how internet usage has increased substantially in just the past two years when Sky observed a peak of 2Tpbs on Christmas day, 2014. The company says that it saw things pick up throughout the morning starting at 6 am through 12 noon. In the afternoon, traffic dropped between 1 pm and 6 pm, before reaching the day’s peak near midnight. The company expects traffic to increase even more over the next couple of days as people stream TV content.
The news comes just a week after Sky was revealed by Ofcom to be the least-complained-about broadband provider. Ofcom’s report stated that Sky, from July to September 2016, received seven broadband-related complaints-per-100,000 customers compared to BT which received 36-per-100,000 customers in the same period.