According to the JDD, operators are ready to reduce the speed dedicated to services and games dedicated to entertainment, such as Fortnite or Netflix.
In Italy, since containment was put in place the country's Internet traffic increased by 70%, this was stated by Luigi Gubitosi, CEO of Telecom Italia. In France, the situation is not yet the same: Prime Minister Philippe announced new measures to protect the coronavirus population, but containment has not yet been announced. Nurseries, schools, colleges, high schools and universities will be closed “until further notice” and teleworking is strongly encouraged for the millions of workers who can work from home.
An unprecedented increase in internet traffic
As noted the JDD, telecom operators are preparing for an unprecedented increase in traffic. Arthur Dreyfuss, the president of the French Telecoms Federation which brings together French operators including Orange, Bouygues, Free and SFR, says that operators could reduce the bandwidth to entertainment sites and services to favor telework even if “lhe infrastructures are sized to absorb peaks of activity. “ However, the absence of certain technicians and engineers, stranded at home, could make network maintenance complicated.
” All telecom operators have mobilized thousands of engineers and technicians who will supervise and maintain the entire network“, Can we read on the JDD, however in case of saturation, operators do not rule out favoring professional use by reducing the bandwidth of entertainment sites. Netflix, YouTube, Fortnite and many other services could therefore have their speed limited, which can have consequences on the accessibility of certain services. Operators could favor large players in the videoconferencing market by ensuring that they have sufficient bandwidth.