No surprises here then...

According to new data, internet use in the UK more than doubled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It comes as no surprise that as more people stayed home than ever, during the pandemic, our internet habits changed.

According to data from Openreach, which runs most of the UK's broadband network including BT and Sky, Boxing Day was the busiest day for broadband users. Over the festive season, swathes of the country and millions of people were plunged into Tier Four restrictions, as well having as limitations on Christmas gatherings.

According to their review:

  • Openreach customers consumed 50,000 petabytes of data this year, compared to 22,000 in 2019

  • Properties connected to its fibre broadband used, on average, nine gigabytes of data a day

  • On Boxing Day, a record 210 petabytes was used on the network

A surge in video calls to get in touch with family and friends, as well as TV streaming and online gaming were all contributing factors to the record numbers they experienced on the 26 December.

2020's next busiest day was 14 November, as Amazon Prime broadcast two live rugby matches. Openreach said usage surged just before kick off.

"It's been a year unlike any other and we believe that's played a major part in this huge jump in data consumption," explained Colin Lees, chief technology and information officer at Openreach, "We know more businesses asked their employees to work from home throughout most of 2020, so connecting remotely has been and continues to be important for everyone."

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