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The health emergency, telecommunications and network infrastructures

The historical period that the whole world is experiencing is unique and is putting a strain on various infrastructural systems in each country.
The whole world has poured online, any personal or work activity has been transformed into a virtual alter ego.

The gigantic surge in both fixed and mobile network traffic is perhaps a foregone conclusion, caused mainly by the very large number of companies that have had to switch to smart working.

However, this is not just about this, in fact there are many areas that have grown data traffic exponentially: from e-learning to streaming content, to online gaming.

It appears that telecommunication networks are currently holding up. Of course, all telecom operators are facing the same big challenge. Consider that in Italy (in total lockdown from March 9), fixed network traffic grew by 50%, but not only: voice traffic also increased by around 30%.

Many companies have reconverted without too much difficulty to smart working, it is true, but many others have been forced to suspend their activities. This naturally led to a spike in the use of entertainment applications such as Netflix and Youtube.

For this reason, the two operators have been asked directly by the European Union to lower the bitrate of their signal to remove as much as possible the risk of network clogging.
Decreasing the bitrate would result in lower streaming quality, but in the face of this it would be possible to allow all users to take advantage of the services, even if with a slightly lower quality.

During this period of crisis that affects virtually every sector horizontally, unfortunately many fake news are also generated, which must be promptly denied.

Just now, a historic moment in which we are trying to enhance telecommunications networks by making them as efficient as possible, yet another fuss has been created online on the correlation between 5G and the onset of Covid-19. Of course this is not proven in reality by any scientific evidence, as well as being explicitly requested on the basis of the latest decree currently in force in Italy to speed up every construction site and work for the construction of the ultra-wide band.


In fact, this emergency, the new habits we are experiencing, will leave a “mark” on the net. It means that in the future, smart working will in all probability become increasingly popular and the demand for network capacity will be ever greater.