The combination of good weather and the further easing of COVID-19 related lockdown restrictions has, according to UK ISP TalkTalk, seen weekly broadband traffic on their network fall by 13% since the latest relaxation of rules started on 12th April 2021. In short, we’re all spending more time outside.

The news comes after TalkTalk revealed in February 2021 that UK internet usage on their network increased nationally by 40% during 2020 (here). But it won’t be long before the usual trends of growth return and the ISP already expects peak network traffic to double by 2025.

We should point out that demand for data is constantly rising and so new peaks of usage are typically being set all the time by every ISP. In previous years’ Ofcom’s data has tended to indicate that consumer broadband usage alone grows by an average of over 30% each year, although the global pandemic and multiple lockdowns did accelerate such trends during 2020.

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