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Stay-at-home orders resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have had a significant impact on Internet traffic, highlighting the Internet’s essential role as a means for people to keep in touch with loved ones, and for some to continue working while practicing safe social distancing.
As the world’s largest Internet backbone provider, we dive deep into changing global network traffic patterns. For example, the following statistics resulted from changes in European traffic comparing the average of all Mondays in February 2020 (pre-shutdown) versus Monday the 23rd of March 2020 (during shutdown).
- Overall 50% traffic increase in the Internet backbone
- Video conferencing up 400%
- Peak traffic levels up 35%
- On average, traffic at points of presence (POPs) has grown by 20.5%; with 208% and -56% respectively marking the extremes and highlighting the regional differences.
Originally published on isemag.com August 1, 2020