Online Traffic Spikes During England Game

UK ISPs saw a massive surge in traffic yesterday as office workers who were unable to view England's 1-0 victory over Slovenia match on television went online to watch the match

Broadband provider Easynet Connect reports a rise of 226 per cent in its web traffic during the game, equating to a 73 per cent increase in download traffic on the previous week.

ISP Demon saw a 55 per cent rise, peaking at 3pm, before dropping back slightly to an overall increase of 40 per cent by 3:30pm.

Easynet Connect managing director Chris Stening said: "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."

Not all ISPs noticed such a marked rise in Internet use. Network provider Interoute says that live streams made little difference to their overall traffic levels.

The company's marketing director, Jonathan Brown, said: "There was no mass surge in internet traffic during the England Slovenia game, despite a 300 per cent jump in World Cup streaming during the game."