UK broadband use increased 9 per cent in 2023

Broadband use across the UK increased by 9 per cent in 2023, according to Openreach.

During this period, broadband traffic rose to 94,722 PB of data. There was a surge in usage towards the end of 2023, with December the busiest month for broadband traffic and Boxing Day the busiest day, when 342 PB of data was consumed.

The busiest day of the week was typically a Sunday, with the busiest time usually between 8pm and 9pm.

Trevor Linney, director of network technology, said, “Our network has once again performed the important role of keeping the UK connected throughout 2023, both at home and at work. We’re seeing a real pattern starting to emerge in these annual reports, with live sports and gaming at the heart of huge jumps in data usage.

“We believe that our insights are some of the best and most comprehensive available. The Openreach network is the biggest in the UK, and we carry broadband traffic for hundreds of broadband companies. This gives us the full picture.

“As always, the real good news is that our network always stands up to the test. We have a team of experts working hard to make sure there’s enough capacity for every eventuality.”

Openreach’s full fibre broadband network is currently available to more than 12.5 million premises as it moves towards its target to pass 25 million premises by 2026.

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