By Claire West

Star, a provider of on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses, has today released statistics showing that network traffic from its 3,500 business customers increased by 50% during lunchtime today as employees logged on during work hours to watch the Ryder Cup and first day of action at the Commonwealth Games.

With the Ryder Cup running on to a Monday for the first time in its history, it seems sports fans are keen to catch all the action and have been logging on to watch the final day as Colin Montgomerie's team are seeking the points they need to regain the trophy.

Meanwhile, Day One of the Commonwealth Games has generated extra excitement and network traffic as Jazz Carlin from Wales and England's Rebecca Adlington won silver and bronze respectively in the women's 200m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

John Adey, Chief Operating Officer at Star offers the following advice: “Major sporting events have the tendency to increase the demand on the network traffic, as employees are expecting to follow their teams’ performance and favourite sports online. However, in order for the network not to come to a standstill, IT departments should make provisions to ensure that critical network applications are not affected and business can continue as normal.”