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Lockdown 2.0 Causes Surge in Internet Usage

Cafes, restaurants, pubs, gyms, cinemas and non-essential shops… they’re all closed during England’s second national lockdown. 

Needless to say, there isn’t much to do at the moment – well, apart from spending more time online! 

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It’s hard to imagine life without the internet, but now more than ever before! What would we do in lockdown without Zoom-based workouts, TV streaming apps, online games and video-calling platforms?  

Whether you use the internet for entertainment, working from home or keeping in touch with loved ones, it’s one of the main things getting us through these long lockdown days. 

Masses amounts of data consumed on the first night 

Lockdown 2.0 came into effect on Thursday 5th November 2020. On the first night, internet usage across England skyrocketed as most of us stayed at home. 

The internet provider, TalkTalk, revealed that households across the country consumed a jaw-dropping 6.46 Terabytes of data per second. We’ll put that into perspective for you… 

That is the same amount of data as over a million songs being downloaded per second, more than 7000 hours of social media being browsed every second or 540 hours of HD video being streamed every second. 

Top 5 data spikes of this year 

If you’re thinking that must have been the biggest data surge in 2020, well, you’re actually wrong! Although the first night showed some impressive figures, they don’t hold the record for this year. Take a look at the other events which topped the table: 

1. Champions League Final (23rd August), 6.83 terabytes per second. 

2. Fortnite update, Call of Duty update and EPL Brighton v Man United (30th June), 6.7 terabytes per second. 

3. Call of Duty Modern Warfare Season 4 Release (11th  June) 6.48 terabytes per second. 

4. First Night of English Lockdown (5th November) 6.46 terabytes per second. 

5. Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Call of Duty COD Warzone update, and Champions League RB Leipzig v Tottenham (10th March) 6.44 terabytes per second. 

Gary Steen, Managing Director of Technology, Change and Security at TalkTalk, said: “One of the lessons from the lockdowns we're living through this year is that the demand for data is continuing to rise.” 

“We have been investing significantly in our network over the years to optimise both speeds and capacity and we are very well prepared for surges in demand just like this, during lockdown and in the future.” 

Need a better broadband package? 

With such a reliance on the internet, it’s important that your broadband connection can keep up.  

You shouldn’t have to put up with constant buffering, lagging videos or slow-loading content. Who has the time or patience for that? Simply upgrade your broadband package!

Take a look at our fast fibre broadband deals with unlimited usage and speeds up to 63Mb. They’re perfect for households that regularly consume high amounts of data from activities like streaming, video gaming and downloading large files.

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