E-Rush Hour Slowing Down Your Connection

Posted on November 17, 2011

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New research has found that broadband download speeds in the UK drop by an average of 35% during the evening as millions of technology users go online and find themselves competing for the same bandwidth on phone lines in their area, reports The Guardian.

Those who navigate the web during the morning hours of 2am and 3am get the quickest download times, with a fastest average download speed of 9.6Mbps, analysts found.

By contrast those who surf the web between 7pm and 9pm – the peak period when most people get home and go online – face the slowest times, with average speeds dropping by a third to 6.2Mbps.

Data on what people are doing online just before bed is expected to be released, and then quickly wiped up, very soon.

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