Apple’s Mountain Lion launch gave broadband operators six times more traffic than normal from iTunes and the Mac App Store yesterday.

The new operating system launched in the UK on Wednesday afternoon, and at 3pm EST (8pm BST), traffic tracking company Sandvine recorded a huge spike in iTunes and Mac App Store traffic from a sample of a North American broadband operator.

Sandvine found that consumers downloading the new Mac operating system had boosted Wednesday’s traffic from Apple’s servers to five to six times higher than an ordinary day’s traffic. “We saw a similar spike when Apple’s Lion OS was released last year,” said Sandvine analyst Dan Dineeth.

GigaOM reports that Sandvine recorded the traffic from both the Mac App Store and iTunes App Store to encorporate downloads of updates OS X apps and iOS apps that were released alongside Mountain Lion into the results.

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