An awesome, comprehensive, and detailed look at how COVID-19 has impacted global networks.
Lots to think about and how we might prepare for future catastrophes.
To understand how the internet is performing with the changes in internet use brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we investigated two key metrics during February and March in some of the countries and states that were hit hardest by the virus: changes in the traffic volume served to those regions as a reflection of changes in internet use, and changes in download speed measured at our servers as a reflection of internet quality. In almost all regions, the largest increases in traffic volume occurred immediately after public policy announcements, such as school closures or stay-at-home orders. Similarly, the most dramatic decreases in download speed followed the official starts of those policies — presumably when populations made the shift to staying home.
For a much more detailed analysis of how Corona-19 has effected global internet usage, look here. It’s fascinating.