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England win causes broadband surge

Thursday, June 24th 2010
Broadband traffic rose steeply during England's victory over Slovenia.
England win causes broadband surge
UK broadband networks were busier than usual yesterday (June 23rd) as people watched England scrape through to the knockout stages of the World Cup, it has been reported.

Broadband firm Easynet Connect noted a rise in web traffic of 226 per cent during the match against Slovenia, V3.co.uk reports.

Easynet Connect managing director Chris Stening told the website: "The data from our own network shows that streaming the game at work was a popular choice this afternoon, pushing many business connections to their limits."

Another broadband company, KC, also registered a surge in traffic during the game.

The news comes after many experts warned that internet networks could face a squeeze during the World Cup as business broadband users watch live games at work.

IT management solutions firm Ipswitch reported before the tournament that World Cup nations would see bandwidth use increases of 86.89 per cent during games and by a third (38.85 per cent) across the whole tournament.

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