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Can Internet Survive If Everyone Works From Home?

Since the start of 2020 everyone is confined mostly to their homes due to COVID-19 pandemic. There is spike in traffic of home networks and mobile networks. People are depending mostly on internet to complete their works or to spend some free time. They cannot go out to gym or parks for workout. They cannot meet friends or others directly, they have to use video or voice calls . Forbes reports that total internet usage has jumped 50-70% and online streaming has spiked up 12%. The home broadbrand service providers are experiencing 30-50% of surge across mobile and fixed networks.

Can Internet Handle This Increase In Traffic?

As of now everything is good. Internet is designed to be robut and handle sudden spikes in traffic. Internet Service providers are confident that they can handle the spike. Only problem is video conferencing is experiencing a slight hiccup because home network or mobile service providers doesn’t have same capacity of big networks. So, you might experience blur images in video calls or slow buffering of online high quality streaming videos.

Few countries are experiencing these connectivity issues so YouTube, Netflix and Disney+ have reduced the picture quality to speed up the buffering of videos. YouTube has restricted videos to a maximum resolution of 480p in India for streaming. This low quality or connectivity issues are mainly due to the infrastructure available is these countries. They have to upgrade their hardware systems.

There are few service providers who still use older cable networks which won’t work well in multiple video conferencing applications. On a global level there is degradation in monthly speeds.

All Is Well

Though the companies have reduced the online picture qualities service providers are able to with stand the new traffic. People are able to make data voice calls and video calls (low quality) to stay connected and to complete their works.