Have you seen the one where everyone is at home and there are battles over bandwidth? Who gets to zoom, stream, or game first? Or when all of those things are happening at once in multiple locations throughout the house? This is no reality TV show. It is the reality for many homes over the past month as Internet traffic increases in our new “everyone at home” environment.
So, what does the data* tell us is happening?
- Overall work from home activity continues to increase. Our data shows a 37 percent increase in work from home traffic for residential subscribers since March 17. As a side note, streaming traffic is up 35 percent and gaming traffic is up 41 percent.
- In February, 32.1 percent of homes demonstrated work from home traffic, but in the last month this rose to 42.2 percent.
- Wi-Fi experiences are having a difficult time keeping up with demand of all the new devices being connected simultaneously to the home network. As a result, we’ve seen an explosion in traffic for those looking at Wi-Fi 6 solutions at blastwifi.com, up 1650 percent in the past two weeks.
- Even more importantly overall usage is growing rapidly as we work from home, school from home, and stay at home. In fact, usage is up 37 percent since February, steadily growing week over week. And this growth is in BOTH upstream and downstream traffic.
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