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Published 3 Years Ago on Monday, Apr 13 2020 By Inside Telecom Staff
The broadband industry has been under the spotlight in recent
weeks amid pressure to provide increased and unfaltering internet services to
the masses of people now working from home and finding new forms of
entertainment via streaming services. So far, the industry appears to be coping
better than expected with the current pandemic. There has not been any major
outages. So what does this mean for its reputation?
Multiple sources are reporting that broadband consumption is now
plateauing. One measurer – OpenVault, has reported that after three weeks of
percentage growth in the double digits, the total downstream data usage in
those markets with shelter-at-home policies declined by 5.80% from March 30 -April
3, in comparison to the week before. Total upstream usage continued to rise
during the March 30 – April 3, however, this increase over the previous week
was just 2.3%.
OpenVault states that in contrast to quarantine markets, areas
that have not yet experienced restrictive policies have demonstrated
significantly less growth. It says that its number of the same period of
January to April highlight that average data consumption in less impacted
markets is up to 38.2% during working week day hours, while peak hour usage has
risen just 8.0% per day since January.
So, considering the networks own reporting data and that which
comes from outside, they have coped well under those initial huge increases in
usage. They should benefit from a long-term boost and an enhanced level of
The cloud/content providers have also done a good job by
expanding their infrastructure to meet customer requirements.
So far, such success bodes well for the future of flexible, home
working, and the services and applications that the industry might have learned
it can put together to support it in the future. What will be interesting, is
how tolerable consumers find the ‘work from home’ experience.
Once lockdowns around the world come to an end, will it be
remembered as a bad dream and something they never want to return to? Or will
the standard of services provided be some sort of consolation?
One of the advantages of more flexible working times is a
temporary end to long daily commutes and possibly even a liking for video and
audio conferencing that no one expected.
Much will depend on personal circumstances and the nature of an
individual’s work however, it seems that there will be some home working
converts as its advantages become more apparent.
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