The Covid-19 virus is spreading worldwide. The consequences are – besides the health consequences - cancelled major events and trade fairs and more and more home office regulations. Many people now stay at home. This also has an impact on Internet use: With 9.1 Terabit data per second, the Frankfurt Internet exchange node DE-CIX set a new world record on 10 March.
This shows that functioning digital infrastructures – starting with a nationwide broadband network via a smart mix of centralised and decentralised data centres and cloud services - are needed more urgently than ever in Germany and Europe, too, and are accordingly indispensable for a functioning economic structure and social life.
Dr. Béla Waldhauser, spokesperson of the Internet industry association eco, says: »The corona pandemic shows the importance of digitization in times of such a crisis. Companies throughout Europe now need powerful and reliable digital infrastructures: for video conferencing, home office applications, digital educational services or even telemedical approaches. Politics and business should therefore pursue the common goal of strengthening digital infrastructures in Germany and Europe in the long term. We must not wait for the next crisis!«
Video drives data volumes
In addition to its greater economic importance, the Internet is also being used more for private purposes: The extraordinary situation that people are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 virus is leading to increased Internet use with rising accesses, for example to news sites. The data rates are very strongly driven by video streaming (e.g. video-on-demand but also Skype or WhatsApp video calls), as the data rates here are many times higher than when accessing a news page (except where news videos are consumed).