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Virgin Media traffic peaks at 1.67Tbps after the New Year
Monday 06 January 2014 16:34:19 by John Hunt

Sunday the 5th of January was the last day of the holidays for many, but for Virgin Media, it has been their busiest ever day in terms of network traffic. The company saw a peak of 1.67Tbps of data flowing through their network. The peak came in the hours of 8pm and 9pm on the 5th January, with over 11.55 Petabytes of data delivered to customers in the whole 24hour period.

This breaks new records for Virgin, with the peak coming in at around 60% higher than last year. New Years day was also high, but not the record breaker - 1.62Tbps of traffic with around 11 Petabytes of data delivered to customers. Christmas Day saw a 55% increase across the day compared to 2012, with traffic peaking at 1.2Tbps at 9pm (58% higher than last year). Down on the London Underground, where Virgin run a Wi-Fi network which is free for many to access through their Virgin subscription or mobile contract, 1:04am was the busiest period of usage, with over 80,000 people getting online underground.

Likely culprits for the traffic peak are consumers getting online with their latest gadgets that they received for Christmas, such as smart TV's tablets and consoles. After a few days of setting up and bedding in, many people are now in full swing, using their new devices confidently, causing large increases of traffic to broadband networks. Also the increase in higher speed products at Virgin will mean that more people have access to faster services.

These large increases in traffic year-on-year show just how much the core networks of broadband ISPs needs to continually grow to keep up with demand for the bandwidth thirsty consumers.

Comments

Posted by herdwick over 3 years ago
divide by 4.5m = 371 kbits/s each and 2.6 GB in a day each (avge 238 kbits/s for the 24h).
Posted by MaverickJesus over 3 years ago
That would assume the entirely unlikely situation where literally every single customer used their internet at exactly the same time.
Posted by jrawle over 3 years ago
Misread it at first. I thought 1.67Tbps was the speed of Virgin's new XXXXXL package, introduced for the new year. Of course, upload would only be 10Mbps, and it would be throttled to 16Mbps if you downloaded more than 1GB in a day. Price a mere £1000 per month, no phoneline needed, but it costs £2000 month if you don't take one.
Posted by pcoventry76 over 3 years ago
rofl - sounds about right. The grass might not be greener but for me it's not poo coloured either!
Posted by Dixinormous over 3 years ago
I remember being told that ntl's network was super-future proofed when it was using M-160s and 10Gb STM-64s as core links.

The progression of bandwidth demands rarely ceases to surprise me and it'll carry on increasing as more and more TV moves from linear to online and quality improves.

The future was in a hurry :)
Posted by generallee94 over 3 years ago
Surprisingly my Broadband was working very well over the festive period and full speeds too, the wifi was playing me up the other day when trying to play xbox but hey more fool me to rely on wifi from Virgin.

Bravo jrawle!!!
Posted by AndrueC over 3 years ago
jrawle wins 'best comment of the year so far' :)
Posted by Orford over 3 years ago
My TBB graph was perfect on Christmas day and new year. Since VM stopped using the reserve bandwidth the last 5 days have been shocking at peak time.
What ever VM did to cope with the extra demand they have now reversed it and then some.
I still have the same IP and channels, so I can only assume VM is recouping the cost of providing extra bandwidth over Christmas and New year.
Posted by Orford over 3 years ago
My TBB graph was perfect on Christmas day and new year. Since VM stopped using the reserve bandwidth the last 5 days have been shocking at peak time.
What ever VM did to cope with the extra demand they have now reversed it and then some.
I still have the same IP and channels, so I can only assume VM is recouping the cost of providing extra bandwidth over Christmas and New year.
Posted by roughbeast over 3 years ago
Sorry guys it was me. <gg>

I had a brilliant connection through all this peak period,( Low latency and 126Mb/11.6Mb 24/7), which I think shows how resilient the VM network is becoming.
Posted by Dixinormous over 3 years ago
VM I am sure wish they had reserve bandwidth but don't. Areas that were oversubscribed continued to suck, areas that were not continued to run fine.
Posted by MacMuser over 3 years ago
I'm in Worthing town centre, surrounded by Virgin customers. Our d/l speed is consistently 15 to 16MBs, not bad for a 120Mbps line. Of course, you have to be using fast servers such as Apple or Microsoft to achieve the throughput.

It did drop a little over Xmas until I reset the router, which I haven't done for a couple of months. Full speed achieved again.
Posted by eddieb over 3 years ago
I am absolutely sick of the morons that keep bashing Virgin on this site. I have been a customer since they were Croydon cable back in the 80's. My speeds have never average over a month at less than 90% of the speed that I pay for. If you want synchronous upload speeds then pay for a commercial contract, otherwise find someone else that can offer you the rest of the package. I don't like Tesco's so I shop at Sainsbury's, I do not go looking for places to slag off Tesco's. Don't like it vote with your wallet.
Posted by aromadome over 3 years ago
No wonder my "30MB" connection with Virgin is currently speed-tested at 3MB with all these new customers online...absolutely awful service from this ISP. Never again.
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