Corona Virus

COVID-19 Doubles Traffic Flows according to Akamai Networks

Akamai, one of the world’s renowned content delivery networks, is experiencing more than 50 percent increase in traffic per day as reported by its real-time web monitor.

This 50 percent increase is on the lower side. In a recent interview to Business Insider, Akamai CEO Tom Leighton revealed his company’s peak traffic during the first quarter of 2020 was double compared to the same period last year.

Leighton said that although web traffic increases every year, the panic around novel coronavirus has played a role in accelerating it. He was reported as saying, “I think we’ll see more acceleration due to the fact that you have so many more people working from home and you have, kids out of school and spending more time at home“.

He dismissed concerns about COVID-19 impacting user reliability on the Internet, especially those hosting their services on Akamai.

Currently, two dozen of America’s largest banks, almost all prominent commerce sites and media giants use Akamai’s services for live streaming, Over-The-Top video streaming, online gaming and software downloads.

If there’s any burden on Akamai networks, you may see low quality videos, experience buffering or longer download times.

At this moment, it’s premature to conclusively assess Akamai’s performance, as also the Internet at large.

Leighton assured that Akamai’s services are functioning normally.

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