Internet traffic upsurge following iOS7 release

Friday, September 20th 2013

Apple's update for the iPhone and iPad, the iOS7, was released on Wednesday evening (18 September), around 6pm in the UK. The release did cause some hiccups, as Apple's servers struggled to meet the surge in demand. Some people had to wait, for their update to complete, for hours, as the software was being downloaded simultaneously by a loyal mass of early adopters.

A surge of internet traffic was reported by broadband providers across the UK. But as most ISPs were prepared for this eventuality, except for some sporadic reports of slow speeds, the update went off more or less without a major hitch. Large downloads en masse can create havoc for infrastructure managers.

The iOS7 update takes up around 750MB, and that showed up in statistics as records indicated almost twice the normal traffic on Wednesday night. The bandwidth statistics provided by the London based, not-for-profit Internet Exchange Point, LONAP, showed that traffic surge well above normal began at just after 6pm. Several providers, such as, Vispa Internet, HiWiFi, Aquiss, Plusnet and Sky Broadband uniformly reported of high levels in internet traffic over their networks.

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