Britons had an `on-line Christmas' according to figures from the London Internet Exchange (LINX) which handles up to 96 per cent of the UK's, Internet traffic.
Data flow through LINX facilities peaked at more than 17 Gbit/second in the evening of Boxing Day and at over 15 Gbit/second in the evening of Christmas Day itself. This is almost twice the level of traffic recorded on the same days last year when the Boxing Day peak was around 9 Gbit/second and Christmas Day traffic reached 8 Gbit/second..
`The timing of the traffic--with figures climbing fairly steadily throughout the day and peaking at around 9.00 in the evening--may reflect time differences between,people in the UK and their relatives overseas. Alternatively, it may mean that people settled down in front of their screens after their Christmas meals. "Whatever people were doing on-line during the holiday period, it is clear that the...