Broadband creaks under the strain of your digital Christmas
While you’re merrily downloading apps and watching ‘Christmas in Handcuffs’ on Netflix, spare a thought for the broadband network, which is gurning like Santa carrying his heavy sack.
According to Virgin Media, Christmas internet traffic will peak at 1.6Tbps, which, in layman’s terms, is the equivalent of half a million families streaming an HD version of the George and Mildred Christmas special at the same time.
Virgin Media say that this will be the most digital Christmas yet, as families find increasingly fiendish online ways to get the hell away from each other. Whether they’re watching movies together or bitching about Gran’s farts on Twitter, it’s estimated that 88% of customers plan to use the internet over the Christmas period.
We’ll also be obsessing over the weather - which Virgin claim is one of the biggest influences for web users.
Peak times are between 8pm and 11pm, when the conversation (ie shouting) is exhausted and we’re all playing with our new gadgets. So if the Wifi gets a bit slow while you’re trying to look at festive porn, you know what’s to blame.