Broadband switching in Britain grew by 30 per cent in March when lockdown restrictions came into force and the nation began to work from home
- 30% increase in people who switch Internet providers from March 1 to March 31
- Many people opt for new plans that don't give them faster speed
- Comes during coronavirus lockup with millions of adults and children spending the day in their homes
- Here you can help people who are not affected by Covid-19
Brits use the coronavirus lockon to update their Internet, with the amount of people switching their broadband provider with 30 per cent jumping from late February to late March.
Millions of adults and children are stuck at home all day during the national lockdown and high speed internet has become a necessity.
Kids do e-school, parents work from home, and streaming TV shows is a major hobby in the evenings.
As a result, internet usage in March has almost doubled in the UK and many are looking to boost their internet speed.
Kids do e-school, parents work from home, and streaming TV shows is a major hobby in the evenings. As a result, Internet usage in March has almost doubled in the UK and many are looking to increase their bandwidth and have faster internet speeds (stock)
Comparethemarket.com says it has seen a lot of demand for products with faster speeds since the restrictions began.
The comparison page also claims that four in 10 households have had problems with their broadband since lockdown, which affects their ability to work.
Customers who opt for download speeds of 51+ MB or more – fast enough to download files easily – made up less than half of all switches at the beginning of March.
But at & # 39; the end of & # 39; One month after lockdown was implemented, customers who chose these speeds made up nearly two-thirds of those changes.
Figures from comparethemarket.com also revealed a huge spike of 95 percent in people who don't buy the fastest internet package, and deliver more than 61 Mbps.
Holly Niblett, head of digital at comparethemarket.com, said, & # 39; We have seen an increase in & # 39; demand for faster broadband packages since the lockdown began.
Lockon from Coronavirus has caused UK internet use almost DOUBLE
Data from Openreach, the largest of the & # 39; UKs & # 39; most of & # 39; The UK & # 39; s phone owns and operates broadband lines, revealing that daytime consumption in March has almost doubled.
On March 9, a week before Boris Johnson gave his first daily coronavirus press conference, urging people to work from home wherever possible, the total amount of data between 9am and 5pm was 27 petabytes.
On Monday, March 30, this figure reached 51Pb, almost double the previous figure. One petabyte is the same as one million gigabytes.
The peak time during the day is between 14:00 and 17:00, while the evening peak is between 20:00 and 23:00.
& # 39; Overall, the network is running well as we expected, & # 39; a spokeswoman told MailOnline.
& # 39; Broadband is increasingly recognized by the government as an essential utility, but still many people consider it & # 39; t adapting to & # 39; e new ways of working that their existing connection is not too much.
& # 39; Millions of households are stuck on contractual contracts with their existing supplier which is often expensive and incompetent.
& # 39; The reality of a patchy connection speed, combined with a growing awareness that cheap, reliable and fast broadband is no longer a pipedream, motivates growing numbers to switch providers.
& # 39; Switch provider is simple and can be & # 39; generate over a year savings that can easily run into hundreds of pounds. & # 39;
Comparethemarket.com has now partnered with Virgin Media to offer customers an offer to get superior internet at a better price.
On average, 54mbps glass-opted internet sales cost £ 26 per month and come with no setup costs.
It's available for two weeks and will save customers £ 134 compared to going directly through Virgin, comparethemarket.com says.
The continued rise of internet usage is likely to be due to the increase in the amount of video calls when working at home, and streaming on sites such as Disney + and Netflix
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