Whilst most retail businesses and entire industries, including but not limited to Airlines, Hospitality, Vacation/Cruises, are being rattled by the multiple effects of COVID-19, Internet traffic is soaring to the point where some governments officials in many countries are asking their citizens to reduce the use of the internet so that the infrastructure doesn’t collapse.
Empty offices, full homes: Covid-19 might strain the Internet
People are using the internet to share information, air their anxieties, and voice their opinions. They are including mentions of Covid-19 and other related terms across public social media networks. See Trending COVID-19 Topics on Social Media
In all, 42 million Americans, about 29% of the US workforce, are able to work from home. And as schools close to keep kids out of harm’s way, the pressure on home networks will grow. — AFP Relaxnews
Vodafone and TalkTalk Report Surge in Internet Use – More people are working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, putting more demand on all networks.
Reddit Sees Traffic Surge During Coronavirus Outbreak – The site saw a 20-50% increase to certain subreddits (Source: adweek.com)
Mobile Application Usage is Soaring – Food delivery, gaming, and news apps are spiking as citizens are turning to their phones to keep themselves entertained and fed during the coronavirus outbreak.
Wireless 5G Home Internet Services – Some companies are building the most powerful 5G experience with ultra-fast speeds & massive capacity. It will allow people living in 5G footprint to self-setup an antenna in their window to replace their cable and internet service.
Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits, like washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and staying home if you’re sick, to help slow the spread of #COVID19.
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— CDC (@CDCgov) March 19, 2020