iOS 5 update causes massive internet traffic spike [telecom]

iOS 5 update causes massive internet traffic spike - to users' frustration

iOS 5 update for iPhone and iPad puts huge strain on Apple's new iCloud servers, leading to slowdowns for many users

Charles Arthur Thursday 13 October 2011

Demand for Apple's update to its iPhone and Mac software to enable its "iCloud" services caused a gigantic surge in internet traffic in Europe.

Throughput in the UK jumped by 200 gigabits per second - equivalent to more than a fifth of normal traffic - a spike that lasted for roughly four hours.

The colossal demand, which was mirrored around the world as the update became available from the company's servers at 1800 BST on Wednesday, will have been the severest strain on the cloud systems that Steve Jobs showed off in his last major speech in June.


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