Was Amazon Prime football streaming behind slow BT on Thursday evening?
Generally UK broadband providers have been very good at not having peak time meltdowns, but the recent launch of live streamed Premier League football matches on Amazon Prime will have been a massive test of capacity planning and the ability of providers to mitigate large spikes in traffic without the public noticing.
Alas the evening of Thursday 5th December saw our daily monitoring of speed tests for BT (excluding EE and Plusnet customers) hit its slowest average speed since 27th October 2019. It is possible that this may have been a random event, but our alerts system draw our attention to average download speed of 21.2 Mbps as it was more than 2 standard deviations outside the mean for the last 30 days in hours 7pm to 10pm.
One would have expected BT Consumer who have been running BT Sport for some years now to be well area of the appeal for live streaming football, but it is possible that they may have underestimated the number who would stream the live event and the amount of data it would consume. On December 4th when another match was on LONAP set a new record breaking the half a terabit a second barrier, previous peak seen was 443 Gbps. The peaks on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings were higher than Thursday evening when you look at the LONAP aggregate statistics for ports they are monitoring.
So while not everyone is interested in football, there may be a few more geeks than usual paying an interest with the next big match due on Saturday evening to see if traffic does spike again and how the different providers cope.