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There are no atheists in foxholes, and no tech regulators in a coronavirus lockdown.
With so many workers videoconferencing from home – while their children stream videos and play Fortnite – the Internet is creaking at the seams, according to Nokia Oyj.
With more than one third of the globe's population confined to their homes in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus, some are asking if the increased demand being put on the internet could substantially slow down web traffic.
South Africa is rushing to boost radio spectrum for its main telecommunications companies to avoid a network breakdown as Africa’s most industrialised nation prepares for a three-week lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Sony, Ubisoft and Xbox are among those limiting their Internet footprint at a time when online services are in increased demand.
In a sign of just how bewildering a pandemic of this magnitude has been for investors, they’re turning to social media and transport data to see if citizens are taking the threat of the virus seriously.
Streaming service Netflix Inc and social media giant Facebook Inc said on March 24 they would reduce the amount of data their services use to ease congested telecoms networks in India.
Facebook Inc will lower video streaming quality on its platform and on Instagram in Latin America to ease network congestion in a region that is starting to feel the grip of the coronavirus.
Facebook will downgrade video streaming quality on its platform and on Instagram in Europe, the latest US tech giant to respond to an EU call to stave off Internet gridlock as thousands work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video will follow Netflix Inc and YouTube’s lead in reducing the speed of its streams across Europe to ensure networks can handle increased usage amid the coronavirus outbreak.