The release of a major new Season 4 patch for the popular video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (CoD) on Tuesday (June 30, 2020) prompted “broadband traffic“On the British national network of Openreach (BT) for a new daily record of 189 PetaBytes consumed.
The result is perhaps surprising since the CoD patch has come in the middle 22-30GB (GigaBytes) on PlayStation, Xbox and PC. The size of these patches have started to cause some frustration as they often force those on slower broadband ISP lines to wait much longer before they can play, which isn’t ideal when a new season seems drop every few weeks. Obviously this isn’t a problem if you have FTTP or one of the faster levels of Virgin Media.
NOTE: 1 PetaByte is equal to 1,000 TeraBytes (TB) or 1,000,000 GigaBytes (GB).
The last peak is compared to the previous busiest days of Thursday 11 June (184 PB) and Sunday 28 June (175.7 PB). The demand for data is constantly increasing, which is natural, and therefore new peaks are always set (i.e. by the end of 2020 we will be considerably higher even than the last record); this is one of the reasons why large ISPs often raise their prices once a year.
An Openreach spokesman told ISPreview.co.uk: “A patch for the game Call of Duty was launched on Tuesday … There are also a huge number of people working and learning from home. The good news is that the Openreach network has remained stagnant throughout the pandemic – coping with daytime Internet traffic increases of between 74% and 116% from before the blockade“.
The Openreach network is used by hundreds of ISPs, such as BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Zen Internet, Plusnet, Vodafone and so on.