Patrik "paf" Fältström
2020.03.20
State of the Internet in Sweden 2020-03-20 16:00

State of the Internet in Sweden 2020-03-20 16:00

In this blog, we try to assess the health of the Swedish Internet during this crisis. We aim to mitigate the generation of fake news and rumours. This is the information we at Netnod currently know about.

I have reached out to local networks via Jimmy Persson at Swedish Local Fibre Alliance (Svenska Stadsnätsföreningen - SSNF) to check what the status is on smaller local networks. He said that the situation is still under control thanks to the relatively good quality of fibre in Sweden (for example via the Robust Fiber initiative) and the fact that local networks are now upgrading their bandwidth more regularly.

General developments we are aware of during the last 24h:

Netflix, YouTube and others have decided to decrease the bandwidth they use for their services. My analysis is that this is due to a number of issues that we do not have in Sweden. We have a good fibre network, and as people for many years have already been subscribing to video streaming services, the number of new subscribers is low. More importantly, we are not in lockdown, so engineers can go to data centres and upgrade equipment. A combination of a lockdown and the need for upgrades, as has been seen in Italy, has negative consequences and it would make the situation more complicated in Sweden if we end up there. Today, upgrades can be done in Sweden and that is one of the reasons why the Internet continues to work well.

 

Sources:

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=7433870

https://www.ccn.com/italy-plays-shocking-amount-of-fortnite-to-fight-coronavrius-lockdown-blues/

 

If you have any more information available that you’d like to share, please contact me via email at paf+si@netnod.se.

 

Patrik Fältström

Technical Director and Head of Security

Netnod

 

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