Effects of COVID 19 Lockdowns on Service Provider Networks
Speaker: Craig Labovitz
In this talk, we present data showing the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on a broad cross-section of NA, EU, LATAM and Asia providers. Our talk includes anonymized traffic and application usage data from several hundred million subscribers across more than 50 collaborating providers. We show unprecedented growth in peak traffic volumes of 30% or more over one week in April followed by a plateau in peak volumes over the remainder of the month. The COVID-19 lockdown related traffic increases include a significant growth in gaming, videoconferencing and a 40% growth in DDoS traffic volumes. Overall, we show network capacity and QoE remained largely sufficient for managing the increased load based on analysis of peer / CDN capacity and a longitudinal study of per subscriber video streaming rates.