Posted: 18 June 2020

Huge rise in network traffic following Fortnite season 3 release

18th June 2020: TalkTalk recorded the second highest peak on its network traffic this year following the release of Fortnite Season 3 yesterday.

The massive spike in data was caused by gaming combined with the return of the Premier League, resulting in a traffic peak of 6.12Tb/s.

This comes less than a week after TalkTalk registered the highest-ever level of internet traffic on its network after the release of Call of Duty Season 4 on Friday. At its peak TalkTalk saw a spike of 6.488Tb/s, the equivalent to equivalent to delivering 4,325 hours of full HD video per second, or 900 hours of 4k video per second.

Gary Steen, Managing Director of Technology, Change and Security at TalkTalk, said: “We know how important having a super fast, reliable internet connection is to our gaming customers and TalkTalk’s unlimited fibre broadband packages deliver just that. We have been investing significantly in our Network over the years to optimise both speeds and capacity and we are very well prepared for surges in demand just like this.”

“All our packages are totally unlimited, which means there aren't any usage caps, extra charges or speed reductions - even at peak times. So our customers can game as hard as they want, for as long as they want, even with the return of the Premier League and much of the UK still working from home.”

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