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Chilean Miners Rescue Causes UK Business Broadband Traffic Surge

Posted: 16th Oct, 2010 By: MarkJ
demon broadband uk logoUK ISP Demon Internet reports that it saw a significant rise in web traffic on Wednesday last week, as the UK's workforce logged in during the day to watch the rescue of the Chilean miners. The 33 miners had been trapped deep underground for more than two months and their eventual rescue quickly became a media and internet phenomenon.

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Matt Cantwell, Head of Demon, commented:

"The Chilean miners rescue highlights how major news events, even half way across the world, are propagated onto a worldwide platform instantaneously thanks to live streaming and social media. With this instantaneous access businesses need to ensure their networks don’t cripple under the strain and can cope with sudden demand.

"This is not the first event to highlight the serious strain that live streaming can cause on business networks, and it won’t be the last. Just a few months ago we saw the first England game during the World Cup record a staggering 55% increase in internet usage. With technology enabling us to stream live events in real time, and at a high performance, the potential for any world event to wreak havoc on the network becomes a very real issue for all businesses. The Chilean miners rescue serves to reinforce to businesses the importance of having the right network infrastructure and support in place."

As the world waited with bated breath for the miners to reach the surface, one by one, businesses in the UK also began to feel the strain as essential bandwidth was swallowed up by live video streaming of the events.

Demon’s data suggests that the network was under greater strain than usual all day, hitting a 26% peak at 12.30pm against an average week day.
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