The Exeter internet service provider Eclipse Internet warned businesses about the impact of workers watching the World Cup on their work computers.
Clodagh Murphy, director of Eclipse, said: “We advise all businesses to be mindful about the impact this could have on their day-to-day business operations. Streamed content uses a lot of bandwidth and this could seriously impact the performance of their business internet connection.
“It could take much longer to download important files or use business-critical applications such as e-commerce sites, email or online backup. It might even lead to office computer systems crashing.”
The company carried out a survey with found that more than one-third of those polled thought watching World Cup matches would not affect their work productivity and a quarter thought there would be no impact on the speed of applications if all employees watched games online at work via online streaming sites.