Overburdened networks amid the coronavirus pandemic highlight the need to invest in infrastructure build-out

“Netflix and YouTube agreed to limit video streaming quality as quarantine measures push internet traffic to unprecedented heights, according to Reuters.

The two content platforms made the accommodations at the behest of the EU, as it seeks to ensure stable network access for critical activities like telemedicine, remote work, and virtual classrooms. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission gave T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular access to additional spectrum for a 60-day period in an effort to help them mitigate network strain.

Quarantine measures have caused a massive social adjustment in online behavior, which will likely persist to a lesser extent even once those measures are phased out. Verizon reported that data loads for video games on its network increased 75% week-over-week, VPN increased 34%, web traffic increased 20%, and video 12%. “I don’t think this will snap back and everything will be the way it used to be,” Ashish Sharma, president of IoT and mobile solutions at Inseego, told Business Insider Intelligence.”