As the World Cup and its bitter memories begin to fade, a bruised nation starts the healing process, and the opportunities for a swift football-related article diminish, research from Internet experts at Ipswitch has shown just how close Britain's Internet infrastructure came to meltdown during the tournament.
Throughout the past few weeks, Ipswitch has been running a World Cup Network Traffic Calculator, and has collected over 1,200 responses related to normal bandwidth usage and the increases seen during the 30-day spectacular.
Worldwide, Ipswitch said, global bandwidth usage increased by over a third, but in the UK, things got far worse than even the most pessimistic network managers had predicted, with those surveyed citing an increase of 43% to 95% capacity, having originally predicted a 31% increase
Across Europe - particularly in Spain and the Netherlands - usage soared to 76% capacity, and the USA's newfound passion for the beautiful game also had an impact, with bandwidth use rising to 77% during some key matches.
Both service providers and employers witnessed an unprecedented surge during peak hours, particularly during England's group match against Slovenia, and with the 2010 tournament being the first time the World Cup has offered live online streaming of every match, it looks like many defied the warnings to watch games over office equipment.
"Over two million people turned to web-based streaming services from ITV in the UK, taking the corporate network perilously close to falling over," said Ennio Carboni, president of Ipswitch's Network Management Division.
"While social in nature, the World Cup experience highlights the stresses video has on network infrastructure and the tasks facing network administrators today," he added.
This was first published in July 2010