Quarantine in Europe led to the collapse of Internet networks

Quarantine and isolation of millions of Europeans hit the telecommunications. Brussels has turned to streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube to limit the amount of their services: network can not withstand such loads.

Until recently, Telecom companies were configured quite optimistic, claiming that their infrastructure will withstand the increased load, said the Financial Times. However, it appeared that millions of users, not only working from home (and this often involves video-conferencing in particular), but also use streaming services, play online games, in General, consuming insane amounts of traffic, still overloaded broadband network.

Thierry Breton, one of the commissioners responsible for digital policy, said that streaming platforms and telecommunications companies are “jointly responsible for the adoption of measures to ensure the smooth functioning of the Internet” during the crisis.

it is Clear that smaller films and programmes streamed services will not be delivered. However, there is another option: reduce the weight of the content. EU authorities suggested that the big platforms at least reduce the quality of the products, lowering the bar from high definition to standard. In addition, Brussels has urged users to be more responsible consumption of content.

the truth of Brussels recognize and technogiant. So the head of Facebook mark Zuckerberg noted that the company already captures “a splash” of activity in a number of areas and products. In particular, the volume of correspondence in WhatsApp and Messenger have doubled. He noted that befell the social network and its products traffic significantly exceeds the peak of the Christmas holidays. The situation is compounded by the fact that the current situation will last much longer.

the idea is that companies are not required to meet the Brussels. EU laws on net neutrality prohibits any restriction on entertainment services, be it Netflix or gaming portal Twitch. However, a number of leaders of telecommunicationunicazione companies from all over the continent have already supported the idea of cooperation with the authorities. After all, if the network all the same will fail, they will not be customers at all. So it is better to sacrifice small.