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.