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Briton's had an 'on-line Christmas' according to figures just released by the London Internet Exchange (LINX) which handles up to 96 per cent of the UK’s Internet traffic.

Data flow through LINX facilities peaked at more than 9.5 Gbit/second on the afternoon of Boxing Day and at just over 8 Gbit/second on the afternoon of Christmas Day itself. This is more than twice the level of traffic recorded on the same days last year when the peak was around 4 Gbit/second.

"It is impossible to tell whether the amount of traffic was due to people sending e-mails to relatives overseas or logging onto websites around the world," said LINX sales and marketing manager Vanessa Evans. "The fact that the highest figures were recorded from early afternoon through until early evening may reflect time differences between people in the UK and their relatives overseas - or it may just be that people settled down in front of their screens after lunch.

"However, it is clear that the Internet has become a part of Christmas for an increasing number of people, providing both communication and entertainment."

On a 'normal' working day LINX handles peak traffic flows of around 11.5 Gbit/second (a figure which itself increases almost every week) and normal weekend traffic flows peak at around 10 Gbit/second.

LINX - a mutual ownership organisation owned by 120-plus Internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery service providers (CDSPs) which connect their networks there - is investing heavily to meet the growing demand for its services. It is investing more than £2 million on infrastructure improvement during its current (2001-2002) financial year.

“Our investment programme will enable us to handle the continuing growth in Internet traffic by adopting new technologies and to increase the reliability of the UK Internet by improving our network resilience,” said LINX chief executive John Souter.

December 2001

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