Network Impact

In short: what's happening to the network? How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted internet traffic?

Our team is collecting updates directly from the companies who are responding to these unprecedented conditions. Peruse their facts and findings below.


BEREC Says "No Major Congestion Issues"

The latest summary report by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications shows, in general, traffic on fixed and mobile networks has increased during the COVID-19 crisis, but no major congestion issues have occurred. Luxembourg has registered a slight decrease in overall internet traffic; Portual confirmed a decreasing trend.

Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications | May 19, 2020
 

Aryaka's Ginsberg on COVID-19's Impact on Enterprise Traffic

Aryaka's David Ginsberg examined several of the operator's enterprise customers' network traffic patterns and identified a few surprising trends. For example, a global aggregation of Aryaka traffic data on its private network revealed that weekend traffic is on the rise.

Light Reading | May 19, 2020
 

Traffic on Videotron's Helix and illico Platforms Up 33%

Further, peak internet usage on April 13 was 50% heavier than normal. Mobile telephone calls on Videotron's network have been up an average 40%, peaking on March 23 at a 66% increase.

Videotron | May 16, 2020
 

GCI Network’s Peak Usage Increases as Much as 44% During COVID-19

GCI has regularly seen 25% above average usage during peak hours throughout the pandemic. A spike in late-April was 44% above normal peak usage.

GCI | May 12, 2020
 

Cogent Sees WFH-Related Spike in Corporate Bandwidth Demand

While it might sound counterintuitive that work-from-home measures led to an increase in corporate bandwidth demand, those customers needed more bandwidth at their offices as they added more VPNs for their WFH employees.

Cogent | May 8, 2020
 

Video, Gaming, and Social Sharing Comprise Over 80% of All Internet Traffic

"YouTube is the undisputed king of internet traffic, with over 15% of all traffic on consumer broadband networks. Netflix is over 11% of the total volume of traffic, in second place behind YouTube."

Sandvine | May 7, 2020
 

Roblox Big in Interactive Gaming Bandwidth

Playstation and XBox account for 7.5% of all traffic in the Americas.

Sandvine | May 4, 2020
 

Across UK, Average Data Traffic Has Increased 24% Since Lockdown

London saw the biggest jump (28.58%) to 112.37 PetaBytes.

OpenReach | April 29, 2020
 

Bell Accelerating Rural Internet Rollout

Bell internet data volumes have increased as much as 60% during the day and 20% in the evening. Landline and wireless voice traffic has surged by up to 200% at peak times while conference calling is up 250%.

BCE | April 23, 2020
 

Verizon Network Report Reveals Stabilization of Heightened Network Usage

According to the latest Verizon Network Report, overall data volume across its networks has increased 19% compared to pre-COVID levels. While data usage remains at elevated levels, the changes in how people are using the network has stabilized.

Verizon | April 22, 2020
 

Akamai Says They’ve Seen Network Traffic Increase 30% Over Past Month

However, looking at March 2019 to March 2020, Akamai saw network traffic had doubled year-over-year.

Kentik | April 22, 2020
 

DE-CIX Logs +120% in Video Conference Traffic, +30% in Gaming

"While we usually see +10-50% traffic peak increase per annum, we now have this figure as the average increase in traffic in just a matter of days."

DE-CIX | April 21, 2020
 

U.S. Downstream Peak Growth Remains Flat for the Second Consecutive Week,

National upstream peak growth continues to decelerate for the second consecutive week, up 0.71% for the week of April 4-11 compared to increases of 4% and 7% the previous two weeks.

NCTA | April 16, 2020
 

LINX Logs 30% Uptick in Usage

LINX serves more than 800 network operators from more than 80 countries. Overall traffic at LINX—which means the use of LINX by those varied and diverse networks—has increased, somewhere on the order of 30% since the start of the crisis. 

LINX | April 16, 2020
 

Comcast Network Traffic Beginning to Plateau

Since March 1, Comcast has seen a 32% increase in upstream traffic and 18% increase in downstream traffic.

Comcast | April 15, 2020
 

Telefónica Registers a Year's Worth of Growth in Internet Traffic in One Month

Over the course of 12 months, the Telefónica RedIP accumulated traffic growth of 30%, a figure already exceeded in 2020 between March 10 and April 12, which registered growth of 35%.

Telefonica | April 14, 2020
 

Cogeco Tracks 60% Greater Use of Internet During the Day

They've also tracked a 40% increase in traffic for their video-on-demand services and growth of between 20% and 40% for other video streaming services like Netflix.

Cogeco | April 14, 2020
 

Verizon Says Voice and Data Usage Are Stabilizing

“While usage in key categories is still up compared to a typical day, the large increases we saw over the first four weeks of this transition have started to normalize,” said Kyle Malady, Chief Technology Officer at Verizon.

Verizon | April 9, 2020
 

Tracking Internet Performance Around the World

Traffic in the UK increased by 78.6% over the nearly one-month period from February 27 to March 31, and download speed decreased by 30.3%. Meanwhile, Japan increased by 31.5% from February 18 to March 31, and download speed increased by 9.7%.

Fastly | April 8, 2020
 

Ookla Notes Degradation in Monthly Speeds for Fixed Broadband

Also of note: mobile broadband showed its first month of decreased speeds in March 2020.

Ookla | April 6, 2020
 

Nokia Sees Stabilization of Peak Demand

Traffic growth has become more manageable, reports Nokia. There is continued dramatic growth in videoconferencing apps; some now showing a 700% increase from February 1.

Nokia | April 2, 2020
 

Mobile Data Usage Has Increased Around 15% Across Europe

Vodafone has upgraded the number/size of interconnection points with other operators. They say by the end of April they'll have increased the capacity of some streaming provider caches by 60%, which reduces core and international bandwidth consumption.

Vodafone | April 2, 2020
 

New Weekly Report Reveals Growth in nbn Data Demand

nbn has noted a 71% increase in business hour traffic from pre-COVID-19 baseline levels.

nbn Australia | April 2, 2020
 

Webex Demand Skyrockets

"Last week, we saw close to 240,000 online sign-ups in a 24-hour period. In one day alone, Webex handled 4.2 million meetings – more than twice the average on a peak day before the pandemic. We have also hosted 14 billion meeting minutes in March, more than double the number in February."

Cisco | April 1, 2020
 

NCTA Says Downstream Bandwidth Traffic is Up 20.1% Since March 1

Downstream bandwidth traffic has increased by 20.1% since March 1 and 4.3% the week of March 21-28. Upstream traffic during the same periods has increased by 27.7% and 7.3%, respectively.

NCTA | April 1, 2020
 

Telia Reports That POPs Have Grown 20.5%

Overall traffic volumes have risen by >50% with major regional differences, but mostly visible during non-peak hours as a result of people staying at home.
Telia Carrier | April 1, 2020

Google Meet’s Day-Over-Day Growth Surpasses 60%

As a result, Google Meet's daily usage is more than 25 times what it was in January. Despite this growth, the demand has been well within the bounds of our network’s ability.

Google | March 31, 2020
 

Russia’s National Telecom Operator Says Requests for High-Speed Broadband Up 22%

Rostelecom’s traffic has increased by 10% during the last three weeks.

Rostelecom | March 30, 2020
 

Windstream Experiences 50% Increase in Voice Traffic

The company has also seen an approximately 30% increase in data traffic since mid-March.

Windstream | March 30, 2020
 

Comcast Peak Traffic Up 32% Since March 1

Also of note: VoIP and video conferencing up 212%.

Comcast | March 30, 2020
 

USTelecom Members Increase the Capacity of Their Network

"Measuring against a 'normal' baseline, USTelecom members have analyzed the traffic across their wireline networks and report that total traffic increased this week by a range of 17.3% to 37.4%, with an average increase of 25.5% and a median increase of 25%."

USTelecom | March 30, 2020
 

Microsoft Notes 775% Increase of Cloud Services in Regions That Are Social Distancing

The company has 44 million daily users of Teams, which recently generated over 900 million meeting minutes in a week.
Microsoft | March 29, 2020

DE-CIX Says 100% Rise in Video Conferencing in Frankfurt

They've also noted double the number of users of online and cloud gaming platforms since last week, plus 10% average data traffic growth.

DE-CIX | March 26, 2020
 

Verizons Notes a New Normal for Traffic

What This Tells Us: In this update from Verizon, we see that traffic using a VPN is also increasing. It's up another 9% week-over-week and 52% over a typical day.
Verizon | March 26, 2020

Instagram and Facebook Live Views Doubled in a Week

Facebook reports that they've seen up to 70% more time spent across their apps since the crisis arrived in the United States.

Facebook | March 24, 2020
 

T-Mobile Sees More Talk and Text 

T-Mobile USA reports a 26% increase in SMS, 77% in MMS, and 45% in video game traffic. Additionally, the length of calls have increased 17%.
T-Mobile | March 24, 2020

Orange Sees 700% Increase in Users Connecting to Their Company's Network Remotely 

Orange claims the number of users connecting to a corporate network remotely has increased 700% among their customer base. They've doubled capacity for simultaneous connections on their platforms. And the use of remote collaboration solutions—video conferencing, etc.—have risen massively, increasing by between 20 and 100%.
Orange | March 23, 2020

Nokia Tracks Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns

We're seeing unprecedented growth in global internet traffic. Most networks see 30–45% growth over a year; Nokia says they've already seen 20–40% peak increase in impacted regions over the last four weeks.
Nokia | March 20, 2020

BT Charts Daytime Traffic Boost 

"Since Tuesday this week, as people started to work from home more extensively, we’ve seen weekday daytime traffic increase 35-60% compared with similar days on the fixed network, peaking at 7.5Tb/s."
BT | March 20, 2020


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