Wednesday, December 29, 2004

UK Internet Traffic High Over the Holidays

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is the worlds largest Internet hub by volume, as well as begin an for world wide ISPs. 170 ISPs use LINX's switching facilties across 8 London-based 'tele-hotels'. Linx has just issued a press release regarding data traffic in the UK over the holiday period. Traffic on Chritmas Day and Boxing Day, for example, was, says Linx "substantially higher than on the same two days in 2003 - itself a record year". Traffic on Christmas day peaked at around 50GB/second on Boxing Day, and abotu 45GB/sec on Christmas Day. This is roughly double the amounts for 2003! It shows how much the Internet is a part of people's daily lives (and not just for work stuff).

Sadly the spam merchants have been unrelenting over the holdays. But these days, I'm not sure which is worse - the spammers, or the clueless admins who insist on bouncing me the full message (with virus payload or other crap intact) since the original mail came FROM: me. :-)

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