Will the Coronavirus lockdown cost you your internet?

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Working from home
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Working from home

Following the spread of the coronavirus, every organisation capable of operating remotely has shifted operations to employees’ homes, which means everyone is using the internet, the question is, is there enough for everyone?

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Streaming
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Streaming

To add to the strain on our networks, streaming services have seen a massive increase in viewership with people stuck at home - with Netflix and YouTube even going so far as to lower video quality.

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Bandwidth battle
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Bandwidth battle

While people won’t run out of data, there will be bandwidth issues. With so many people using the internet on a home connection - which are really not meant for heavy duty usage - there are going to major drops in connection.

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Upgrade?

The root of the problem is that internet wiring for homes is, in of itself, not capable of handling so much data which means there is no way to fix this problem right now.

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Effects
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Effects

The drop in bandwidth will only hurt websites that have major traffic - sites like the government’s information portals and collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams and Slack which have seen a spike in users.

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