Covid-19 not only affects health, upsets people’s lives, stagnates the economy but also causes the global Internet to be overloaded.
According to Mashable, due to blockade at home, people do not have much work to do. The most important source of entertainment depends on the Internet. Therefore, a large amount of network resources have been over-exploited.
Ookla, the company behind Internet speed testing service Speedtest, said the global network had slowed significantly since Covid-19 broke out. Especially in countries that apply strict blockade policies such as China, India, Japan and Malaysia.
China seems to have regained a steady pace. In Malaysia and India, meanwhile, the average Internet speed has dropped to below 80 Mb / s since the middle to the end of March, around the time the two countries imposed a blockade and travel control.
The same thing happens with the Internet for mobile devices. The pace remained constant throughout early March but declined on March 18 when Malaysia blocked the nation.
The internet in European countries like Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany is also affected. But some other countries like Austria and Italy still have a stable speed. However, mobile networks in these countries are significantly slow.
The general situation is that the Internet speed in blockade countries is slower than before because many people work and play at home.
Netflix and YouTube announce changes to the default streaming quality from Full HD to 480p in Europe to ease the burden on carriers.
Some countries try to improve the working condition of the Internet in this difficult time. The Malaysian government announced that it will provide free Internet at home on April 1, estimated at US $ 138 million.
In addition, 92 million USD will be allocated to improve the quality and stability of the network infrastructure. Users also receive a free 1 GB mobile data plan each day.