CDN traffic during Covid19
April 07, 2020
After the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries have started imposing restrictions on peoples’ movement to contain the pandemic. Inevitably people are consuming more internet-delivered content. On the 16th of March, for instance, Akamai stated that it saw a 50% increase in traffic relative to an average day while Akamai’s peak traffic burden during Q1 2020 was twice as large as last year’s peak burden. Verizon noted a 20% increase in total web traffic while Limelight Networks and CenturyLink, among other CDNs Omdia have spoken with, are experiencing increased online traffic demands of similar magnitude.