Comcast: Pandemic drove peak internet traffic up 32% in 2020

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Comcast said peak internet traffic in the U.S. rose 32% in 2020 over pre-pandemic levels, with some markets rising 50% in March 2020.

Video streaming accounted for 71% of all downstream traffic, and it grew 70% over 2019 levels. Comcast said that the first four months of the pandemic resulted in about two years’ worth of expected network traffic growth.

As tens of millions of people transitioned to working and learning from home, the biggest surge occurred in March and April of last year.

Comcast Cable president Tony Werner said in a statement that years of