There goes the Internet…

What does this remind you of?

As a wave of stay-at-home orders rolled out across the United States, the average time it took to download videos, emails and documents increased as broadband speeds declined 4.9 percent from the previous week, according to Ookla, a broadband speed testing service. Median download speeds dropped 38 percent in San Jose, Calif., and 24 percent in New York, according to Broadband Now, a consumer broadband research site.

Quarantines around the world have made people more reliant on the internet to communicate, work, learn and stay entertained. But as the use of YouTube, Netflix, Zoom videoconferencing, Facebook calls and videogaming has surged to new highs, the stress on internet infrastructure is starting to show in Europe and the United States — and the traffic is probably far from its peak.

  • In the United States, regulators have given wireless carriers access to more spectrum to bolster the capacity of their networks.
  • YouTube said this week that it would reduce the quality of its videos from high to standard definition across the globe.
  • Disney delayed the start of its Disney Plus streaming service in France by two weeks.
  • Microsoft’s Xbox asked gaming companies to introduce online updates and new releases only at certain times to prevent network congestion.

“We really don’t know how long we’re going to be in this mode for”
Dave Temkin, Netflix’s vice president of network and systems infrastructure


“In just two days we grew all the traffic we had planned for 2020”

Enrique Blanco, the chief technology officer at Telefónica


Why it’s hot:

Necessity is the mother of invention. As the situation evolves, I wonder what kind of “light” services could be born out of the need of reduced internet latency? How will this change our approach to cloud infrastructure—a Home Edge Infrastructure of sorts?