UK Launch Sets New Bandwidth Usage Record

In the UK, ISPs announced that there was record bandwidth usage on Tuesday. Consequently, not only the release of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but also updates to Call of Duty and other titles caused a very high load on the network. For this reason, several clients also had a slightly slower Internet connection than they were used to.

Provider BT stated that data usage was briefly 18 terabits (Tbps) per second. However, this attack shouldn’t cause any difficulties. According to a press spokeswoman, the use is “comfortably” within BT’s capabilities. Virgin Media also reported new record numbers. A total of 108 petabytes were consumed in the UK on Tuesday. As a reminder, a petabyte is a million GB.

Openreach also offers impressive numbers. The company provides the infrastructure for Internet providers. Here 174 PB of data was measured, which was consumed only on Tuesday. However, a new record was lost here. On August 5, 2020, the value was 193 BP, the day Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 began. The next test should be done in a few days. The PS5 will launch in Europe on November 19, 2020 and therefore also here in Germany. The console is available in North America and Japan starting Thursday.

Those: BBC

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