Online gaming surges in Italy as the country is locked down, data caps lifted in the U.S.

Unsurprisingly Italy’s internet providers are reporting a huge surge in traffic as the residents are confined to their homes. Those using the internet to work from home are contributing to the traffic but Bloomberg report that it is the children, who are at home as all the schools are closed, that are driving up traffic.

“We reported an increase of more than 70% of Internet traffic over our landline network, with a big contribution from online gaming such as Fortnite,” Telecom Italia Chief Executive Officer Luigi Gubitosi said Wednesday on an analyst call.

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Internet traffic spiked when an 25gb update to Fortnite was released and it seems the networked buckled for a brief time as there was another surge, this time in the number of complaints as people reported a loss of connection. Of course it’s not just gaming, streaming a 4K movie uses up around 11GB an hour on Netflix.

Sweden is also seeing growth in traffic, “All the big players in the video conferencing market have asked for bandwidth upgrades in the last 10 days and some are asking for a fivefold increase,” said Telia Carrier Vice President Mattias Fridstroem. “If no one is able to fly, they will need a huge amount of additional bandwidth.”

Over in the United States one of the large internet providers have removed data caps from their services. AT&T have dropped the caps from some of their services as people begin to work from home, and Comcast is “pausing” any data plans and making all of their Xfinity Wi-Fi hot spots free to use even if you are not signed up to their service.

“Many of our AT&T internet customers already have unlimited home internet access, and we are waiving internet data overage for the remaining customers,” AT&T said. “Additionally, through Access From AT&T we’ll continue to offer internet data to qualifying limited income households for $10 a month.”

Source: Bloomberg 1/2

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