Xbox Series X launch sparks record Virgin Media and TalkTalk internet usage
Virgin Media saw its busiest day on record for internet traffic across its network thanks to Xbox.
The surge in broadband data came as the new Xbox Series X console launched and various other video games updated on people’s machines, including Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty.
Tied in with huge amounts of people working from home, the broadband firm saw incredible numbers.
A spokesman said: “In total, 108 Petabytes of data was consumed on Tuesday 10 November – an average of more than 20GB per customer.
“At the peak of recorded traffic, the equivalent of 48 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla games were being downloaded every second.”
Virgin Media’s previous busiest ever day of network traffic was Thursday 11 June, which coincided with the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4.
Jeanie York, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Virgin Media, added: “We’ve seen previous network traffic records smashed this year as a result of Covid-19 with our customers spending more time at home working, streaming, gaming, scrolling and virtually staying in touch with friends and family.
“We remain focused on supporting our customers with fast, robust connectivity at a time when these connections have never been more important to our lives.”
Virgin Media anticipates another busy week of network traffic ahead, with Amazon Prime Video streaming the Autumn Nations Cup 2020 this weekend as well as the launch of PlayStation 5 next Thursday.
Bosses at TalkTalk also said they’d seen record numbers thanks to Xbox.
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At 9:20pm on Tuesday, TalkTalk recorded a network traffic spike of 6.85Tb/s – the equivalent to delivering 571 hours of HD video per second.
Gary Steen, of the firm, said: “It appears that our appetite for data is showing no signs of slowing down, with last night’s data showing an incredible amount of network activity.
“With the new PS5 due to launch next week we fully expect another large network spike as our gaming customers get to grips with their new consoles.”
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