The confinement of millions of people across the world at home due to the rising cases of Coronavirus pandemic has also caused an increase in the demand for data services by 30 percent.
According to a report by London based Heficed, an IP lease, monetization and management services company, due to the pandemic that has come with a lot of restrictions, people are moving most of their activities to the digital space, which has tremendously increased global usage of the internet network.
“Internet infrastructure has experienced significant growth in demand due to the increased amount of people confined to their homes, consequently working and shopping remotely due to the enforced precautionary measures,” said Vincentas Grinius, CEO of Heficed.
Vincentas noted that having most of our daily activities migrating to the digital space, internet infrastructure is being strained by the sheer amount of users. As a result, e-commerce has been booming as many stores remain shut due to safety policies. Additionally, there has been a notable increase in subscription-based digital services, as out-of-home entertainment is no longer a viable option.
He also disclosed that Internet service providers are extending data caps to meet the newfound reliance on the network. This situation, has also given the Heficed’s CEO cause to express uncertainty concerning internet infrastructure’s ability to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.
According to him, the amount of time people are spending online, whether it be for work or leisure, has been immense, which is not surprising, considering all the restrictions that have been enforced.
“In pursuance to maintain stability, the demand for internet servers has risen by at least 30 percent, and, based on how the current events are developing, the need to accommodate the reliance will only continue to grow,” he added.
He advised that the Internet may need to strengthen its backbone, as the ever-growing online activity has attracted a new wave of cyberattacks. Novel threats are targeting internet users in an attempt to retrieve sensitive data.