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S. Korea shows no signs of Internet outage thanks to well-established network infrastructure Updated: 2020-03-31 06:37:53 KST

One of the notable changes following the COVID-19 outbreak is the rising Internet usage around the world.
As more people are staying home, Internet traffic increased to the point where 'Netflix' even had to reduce streaming quality in Europefor a smoother connection.
An Internet traffic monitoring site, 'Downdetector', says users of platforms like 'Netflix' and 'Disney Plus' reported connection issues especially in the U.S. and Europe.
Along with other countries, Korea saw a 13-percent surge in Internet traffic over the last two months.
Yet, unlike other nations, a country often dubbed as a world ICT leader…isn't experiencing any turbulence so far.
A manager from SK Telecom says the Korean Internet suppliers are currently in stable condition, thanks to well-established, proactive measures.

"Our company has acquired an extra 40 to 60 percent of Internet capacity during the busiest times of the daybut since no one knows what the upcoming increases will be…we are constantly monitoring the situation."

And even if Internet traffic soars to unexpected levels, SK Telecom says there are plans to counteract such situations.

"even if we do expect a dramatic increase, we can preemptively optimize the traffic routes on those services."

As the spread of the virus is still on-going, South Korea is expected to see a constant increase in Internet usage with students taking online classes and employees working from home.
But, if well-prepared, SK says domestic Internet providers should be able to minimize the effects of the coronavirus.

Kim Sung-min, Arirang News
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