Corona and Internet Traffic

Published: Thursday, May 21st 2020
Tags: thoughts internet

Having worked from home these past two months, it all of a sudden dawned on me that I should perhaps check whether Internet traffic had indeed increased now with Corona and everything, when rumors have it that all people do in their spare time these days is binge-watching Netflix.

I headed over to Netnod’s website, the company running the biggest Internet Exchange points in Sweden, to have a look at their traffic graphs. This is their two-year aggregate graph as of today for their POPs:

Two-year aggregate

It does indeed look as if April 2020 reaches some sort of peak. Perhaps that’s due to the average growth of traffic on these POPs, perhaps it’s Corona. I don’t know. But if my vision is anything to go by, it looks as if the April 2019 average was about 1.6 TBit/s and the April 2020 average is somewhere around 2.0 TBit/s. If that’s true, that’s a year-over-year increase of 25%. Perhaps people indeed are on Zoom and Netflix a bit more this April.