The Huge Burden on the Internet Technology Giants
Netflix, Amazon Prime-Video and now YouTube, Facebook and even Microsoft are reducing the quality of streaming or access to their online services. The huge surge in Internet usage, which experts have doubled in recent weeks, has resulted in infrastructure being choked and there is no way to limit the bandwidth available to every user. In most cases, companies are reducing the availability of features or the quality of their services.
The first to implement was Netflix, which had to limit the viewing quality available to its users. Amazon also responded quickly and also reduced the quality of the transmission. Both responded to a request from the EU that sought to reduce the burden on mainland communications networks last weekend. On average, companies have reduced by 25% the amount of data transmitted through their servers. Although the initiative started in the EU, it is now being launched worldwide, so if you suffer from a decline in the quality of broadcasting in Israel, it is not the fault of your internet company.
Together with the other streaming companies. But now it is expanding its bandwidth savings initiative to all countries in the world. The main problem with these services is that in the past there were peaks of using certain hours – which could be controlled. Hundreds of millions and even billions are now watching their homes at the same time, which is causing a surge in infrastructure over the course of the day.
In addition to streaming services, online services such as Microsoft’s Office 365 infrastructure and chat apps such as Facebook’s Whatsapp are also beginning to suffer. Microsoft released a statement last night announcing the availability of some features in various Office 365 apps such as OneNote, SharePoint and others. These are mostly small features, but probably all the bandwidth savings and load on company servers are welcome these days.
Facebook is at a huge load. Beyond the fact that the company has moved its 45,000 employees to work from home, it has had to deal with a huge surge in its users. The increase was so sharp that it was required to set up a new data center in recent days from scratch. An impressive engineering feat for all. And the numbers are really impressive. Its various chat services have jumped by about 50% in their use in most countries of the world, with Italy leaping into the video conferencing feature of Wattsap reaching about 1,000% (!) Compared to the days before the Corona crisis.
The situation has come because telecom industry executives have been forced to reassure governments that “the internet will not break down,” as research director at the Internet Society, the global nonprofit, which relies on network freedom, said. It is unclear how much bandwidth availability can be maintained anywhere in the world, but more and more network operators are now demanding that governments in Europe in particular force telecommunications providers to increase their bandwidth supply and especially connect remote regions to the network.
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Netflix, Amazon Prime-Video and now YouTube, Facebook and even Microsoft are reducing the quality of streaming or access to their online services.