Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus challenges capacity, but core networks are holding up

As the coronavirus continues to spread and more people work from home, the impact of the increased traffic on networks in the US so far seems to be minimal.

No doubt that web, VPN and data usage is growing dramatically with the influx of remote workers.  For example, Verizon said it has seen a 34% increase in VPN traffic from March 10 to 17.  It has also seen a 75% increase in gaming traffic, and web traffic increased by just under 20% in that time period, according to Verizon.

Verizon said its fiber optic and wireless networks “have been able to meet the shifting demands of customers and continue to perform well. In small pockets where there has been a significant increase in usage, our engineers have quickly added capacity to meet customers’ demand.”

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Thanks to Michael Cooney (see source)

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