How coronavirus may slow the internet
Well more and more companies telling workers to work from home if they can Tuesday Google advised all of its North American workers not just workers in San Francisco and Seattle that all North American workers to work from home until at least April tenth. Fortune reported that about twenty. Nine percent of the workforce could work from home in other words. The bus driver can't work from home has to be on the bus. That kind of thing but twenty nine percent of the. Us workforce could work from home. That's about forty two million people and to that schools either shutting down or going to remote classes means a lot more students of all ages college students as well possibly working from home if they're not in the dorms for instance. That's a lot more people on home. Internet then your. Isp is used to especially during the day. At and T. And Verizon told fortune that the fiber optic cable that provides the. Isp's back haul should be fine. The volume of traffic isn't expected to change too much. They'll be more video conferencing and such but they expect that the pattern of change will be the bigger problem. The traffic will be coming from homes. Not Offices one network insider told a lot of packets will go in odd directions with odd routes and people won't be able to address issues quickly enough it won't break but get ready for a ride This is a some people who live in snow areas no on snow days. Suddenly the Internet does and always work is consistently. Because everybody's trying to use it at the same time. Imagine that on nationwide levels. The chokepoints are lower bandwidth cable and copper wire services your corporate network trying to handle all that increased. Vpn traffic also companies need to find out workers at home have sufficient bandwidth and be prepared to invest in things like mobile hotspots and temporarily maybe subsidizing increasing their data plans. Of course your home Wifi network. You're not a Wifi. Six in most cases You don't have that increased capacity of suddenly all. The students are home your home. Everybody's working from home. You're overloading that WIFI network. Because more devices are using it at once as I mentioned video already estimated to be about seventy percent of network traffic already. And we're GONNA have more video conferences so that puts a little more strain on the system and don't forget apps themselves. The Internet society notes that individual tools need to provision sufficient compute storage and bandwidth resources to deal with increased users. Yes zoom wants everybody to use zoom for the video conferencing but zoom better. Make sure that they've got enough bandwith and cloud resources to handle that. They have but any kind of APP you're using from home. We'll need to prepare for that. We have a test case. China has gone through this by streaming service and educational options application called sway. Si-tong popular office applications including video conferencing applications Ding talk and we chat work online games from tencent. All reportedly crashed at one time or another due to all the increased traffic of people using them from home.