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The forthcoming World Cup in South Africa could see excessive usage demands placed on the UK's internet infrastructure, one internet service provider (ISP) has warned.

With up to 54 per cent of Brits planning to stream live games through their work PC, Eclipse Internet is predicting computer havoc for June and July.

Clodagh Murphy, Director at the ISP, warned that office computer systems are likely to run very slowly, and in some cases crash altogether, if employees tune in en masse to watch the football.

"We advise all businesses to be mindful about the impact this could have on their day-to-day business operations," she stated.

"Streamed content uses a lot of bandwidth and this could seriously impact the performance of their business internet connection."

Ms Murphy said it could take much longer to download important files or use business-critical applications such as e-commerce sites, email or online backup.

Meanwhile, leading ISP Virgin Media is guaranteeing that any consumers subscribing to its digital TV service by the end of this week will be hooked up by the start of the World Cup on June 11th.

The firm says this will enable them to follow England's campaign in high definition.

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