Indian Internet Users Experience A Severe Drop In Internet Speeds

Harin - Mar 27, 2020


Indian Internet Users Experience A Severe Drop In Internet Speeds

Since last week, Indian internet users have taken online to complain about how their Internet speeds dropped significantly.

The pandemic has put everyone in self-isolation. And during this time, people have befriended with the internet. With so many people staying indoors, some use it for work, study while others use it for entertainment.

And since last week, Indian internet users have complained about how their Internet speeds dropped significantly. The speed is slow, for both downloads and basic browsing across all service providers.

People have screenshot their Internet speeds and posted online. And the results weren’t really impressive.

Internet Speeds
People have screenshot their Internet speeds and posted online.

The trend was experienced by users of Airtel, Jio, and Hathway Broadband. People desperately wanted to know what had happened with their Internet speeds.

It is certain that the number of devices is still the same. However, the number of devices that browsing the Internet at a specific time has increased. For example, at a particular time, some users would leave their houses and shift to using their phone data. However, as all of them are staying inside their houses, they would rely on their WiFi instead.

Imagine that a connection giving 10 households one 100 Mbps line. Now with everyone at home, the stress put on each line is way more than it used to be with more data consumed.

Netflix
People are using the data to either stream TV shows, movies, downloading stuff or working.

Moreover, people are using the data to either stream TV shows, movies, downloading stuff or working. All these mean heavy data consumption, leading to the Internet being slowed down.

Not just Indian but European users also a slow-down in Internet speeds.  And to deal with this, European service providers have asked streaming platforms to lower the quality of their videos to standard definition or 480p. And just recently, Indian telcos have urged streaming services including Netflix and Hotstar to do the same thing.

>>> COVID-19: Hotstar, Netflix Asked To Temporarily Lower Video Quality

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