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Millions of people are working from home amid strike logjam

by LLB Reporter
23rd Jun 22 11:26 am

Broadband provider Virgin Media O2 today said “millions more people” are working from home during this week’s rail strikes.

A spokesperson said: “Due to the nationwide strikes this week, millions more people are working from home and relying on their broadband services.

“Virgin Media O2 saw a peak 5% week-on-week lift on Tuesday in its broadband upstream traffic, due to the increase of video calls on platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

“The company also saw a 10% week-on-week increase in downstream traffic, with levels up around 1.5 terabits per second (Tbps) to 17.0Tbps over the day.”

Meanwhile, location technology firm TomTom has published figures showing the level of road congestion at 9am was higher than the same time last week in London, but was lower or relatively stable in several other cities.

  • In London, congestion levels increased from 75% on June 16 to 83% today.
  • In Glasgow, congestion levels fell from 40% to 36%.
  • In Liverpool, congestion levels fell from 49% to 47%.
  • In Manchester, congestion levels rose from 64% to 66%.

The figures reflect the proportion of additional time required for journeys compared with free-flow conditions.


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