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Sky Broadband usage on December 25th was up by 100 per cent on Christmas Day 2013, as the amount of data crossing the network peaked at 2Tbps.

The service provider saw a steady increase in traffic between 8am and noon, as families switched on new web-enabled devices and their connected TV sets.

A lull in network activity was experienced between 1pm and 3pm - during which time many people would have been enjoying their Christmas dinner - before traffic started to rise again in the evening.

Peak data consumption was recorded at 11pm, with the 2Tbps figure the equivalent of one million UK families streaming a film over the internet at the same time.

Lyssa McGowan, Brand Director of Communications Products, said the data shows that while family time is important on Christmas Day it is becoming condensed between 1pm and 7pm.

She claimed that consumers want to play with their new tech devices or settle down with one of the latest TV Box Sets, streamed over their broadband connection.

"That’s why having a totally unlimited DSL or fibre broadband package has become so important to families," she claimed.

"This lets them stream and surf to their hearts’ content, with reassurance of the Sky network that offers 99.9 per cent reliability."

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