We made several guesses, but didn’t find a common explanation.
I still think it was Brazil. Indeed it was an official Holiday: “Proclamação da República”.
The number of users online at peak time went down by almost 5%! This is a huge number of course! Could it have been the Brazilians? Probably! According to Ruell Consulting, in November 2005, Brazil was number one Skype User with 8% users, and even previous information from Skype showed 6th position (5.85% users – April 2005) and 4th position (7.24% users – October 2004).
Why I do believe it could be Brazil:
- Most Brazilians have probably broadband at work and use Skype there, so business users are (all of them) disconnected!
- Peak time “users online” is about 16h GMT, or 14h Brazilian coastline time!
- At that moment they are on the beaches drinking cachaça and eating shrimps :-) , not in front of a stupid computer screen