Broadband provider sees spike in usage during cold snap

Tuesday, December 7th 2010
KC has said web traffic rose by 40 per cent over the past week.
Broadband provider sees spike in usage during cold snap
Broadband provider KC has reported a surge in internet traffic that coincides with the recent spell of heavy snow.

The company attributed last week's 40 per cent increase in usage to the cold snap, pointing out many people have been unable to reach the office and have therefore had to work from home.

According to KC, the spike is more than a quarter higher than the rise in traffic seen throughout the prolonged period of cold weather during January 2010.

Commercial and finance director at the home broadband firm Sean Royce said freezing conditions are no longer a reason for businesses to grind to a halt.

"It is so easy and cost-effective for employees to work from home using a computer and a mobile phone and by having the right software and broadband service in place," Mr Royce explained.

The issue of workers being forced to stay at home may pass by the end of the week, with the Met Office currently issuing no severe weather warnings for Friday and Saturday (December 10th and 11th).

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