UK ISPs Report Record Network Load On Xbox Series Launch Day

Major game releases also contributed to the activity.

Six of Britain’s largest telecom providers, including BT, Virgin Media and Vodafone, told the BBC that they had record internet traffic on November 10 and some users were experiencing connection speed issues.

The increased load on the network arose against the background of the start of sales of the Xbox Series consoles, as well as the release of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, the start of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War preload and the release of various system patches from Microsoft. As a result, the daily indicators significantly exceeded even the previous peak values noted by some companies.

BT said the traffic reached 18 terabits per second, almost 3% more than the previous recorded high. This number is equivalent to streaming 1,510 hours of HD video every second.

Record load was also reported by City Fiber and Zen Internet, which noted that their November 10 peaks were 11.6% higher than their latest high. And Virgin Media said that the record, marked at the start of the fourth season of Call of Duty: Warzone in June, could not be updated, although the volume of data uploaded by users was 30% higher than the average for October.

In turn, Openreach, which supplies network infrastructure to many UK ISPs, also said traffic was high, but not record high. According to them, on November 10, the total amount of data exceeded 174 petabytes – about 20 PB less than on August 5, at the start of the fifth season of Warzone.

Specialized UK companies said they are gearing up for similar or even better numbers on November 19 when the PlayStation 5 launches in the country.

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