According to data from Speedtest.net, the world’s most widely used internet speed test site, the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced dozens of countries and decreed quarantine, can be quite impactful in providing the service in several countries. The number of people who are at home and accessing the internet at the same time may be the largest on record in history.
In metropolitan regions of several countries, including the United States, the local government has decreed the closure of practically every type of establishment, with the exception of pharmacies, supermarkets, clinics and hospitals.
In parallel, several companies have released employees to work from home, in addition to the various educational institutions that are adhering to distance learning. In addition, other citizens are prevented from leaving home, so they will start to consume more media content via streaming and to communicate essentially through the internet.
Given the risk of an instability in internet supply, Speedtest started monitoring several regions in the USA and has already observed a drop in the download speed of fixed internet in the third week of March, as well as a variation in the speed and latency of the mobile connection. .
In some cities where the speed of mobile download has gone up, latency has also increased, which proves the growth in demand.
China and Italy
The increase in demand, with the consequent decrease in the speed of the internet, was identified in China in the second half of January, the month when the crisis was strongest in the country. In Italy, the phenomenon has occurred since the end of February, accompanied by greater latency in connections.
In Brazil, the quarantine-related crisis is still in its infancy, according to experts, but it could last for months. Abroad, traffic via IP networks increased by 40%, and mobile data consumption grew by 25%.
As demand rises, the trend is for connection speed to drop and latency to increase. In this sense, there is no point in offering packages with franchises or higher speeds to the public if the infrastructure does not suit the demand and the number of people accessing it at the same time.