Peak hours are between 7pm and 9pm when most users are online
The evening internet ‘rush hour’, or peak hour, sees broadband speeds dropping by an average of 35% in the UK, according to research conducted by website uSwitch.com.
These peak hours are between 7pm and 9pm when most users are online.
It was found that morning hours between 2am and 3am had the quickest download times, with a fastest average download speed of 9.6Mbps. They fell to a third to 6.2Mbps during the peak hours, the study added.
uSwitch.com technology expert Ernest Doku said it really is surprising just how much broadband speeds fluctuate at different times of the day, with drop-offs of almost 70 per cent in some areas of the UK.
This study also revealed a lot of regional variations in peak and non-peak timings.
Evesham, Worcestershire, Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset and Wadebridge in Cornwall are said to experience poor surfing speed at peak times.
Doku added, "Although providers are working hard to upgrade the UK’s broadband infrastructure, there is a long road ahead to ensure that everyone can enjoy a much more consistent service."