It’s been over four months since the Coronavirus kicked off in Nepal. The lockdown has been lifted in almost all parts. But, most of us are still working remotely, playing online games, or enjoying Youtube and Facebook over the Internet or watching our favorite TV shows and movies.
However, suddenly your Internet stopped working! What would you do now? You are now rambling between the rooms, going to the kitchen and opening the fridge for no reason. You can’t even play your game or watch your favorite show. Neither is it feasible to go out during this pandemic as you might get a good scolding from your parents.
Now you are restless and bored, so you bang your head against the wall slowly and lie on the bed and…whoosh!! Just kidding nothing has happened..xD.But we all can understand how vital the Internet is in our daily life. Especially during this pandemic, we are much more dependent and attached to the Internet than before.
The amount of data people are consuming has skyrocketed during this pandemic. As a result, many big companies like Facebook, Youtube, Netflix, etc. have started taking countermeasures. They have been decreasing the video quality to contain the demand within the present Bandwidth threshold.
The situation is no different in Nepal, considering there is a 35% increase in Bandwidth post lockdown. While pre-lockdown internet consumption stood at 1486 gigabytes per second, post-lockdown use has reached as high as 2100 gigabytes! Most internet traffic is being dominated by Google and Facebook, totaling 82% of the total consumption.
What is the consequence of the increased usage of Bandwidth?
Come on! Load God damn it! Many of you might have realized that your internet speed is slower than before. This is because the bandwidth is often too narrow to support this kind of traffic in Nepal’s international gateway and local networks. The primary victims of this problem are online gamers.
If you’re an avid gamer, you can understand the pain of high ping in games. It is really frustrating, and there’s nothing exceptional that you can do. However, you can bump up the speed by limiting the number of devices connected to your wifi. This eases the congestion on your home network and boosts the performance slightly.
Another solution is by directly connecting your computer or laptop to your modem with an ethernet cable. You can get better speed and stability than with wifi. This can significantly improve your user experience which is for your own good since “Slow internet may lead to severe depression.”
Furthermore, Internet traffic patterns have also changed vastly in Nepal. Internet traffic is at its peak during the day time. So if you want the best out of your Internet, it’s better to wake up early or go to bed late since internet traffic is bearing less traffic early in the morning and late at night.
It’s also better to leave your favorite movies or shows to download overnight when the Internet is faster. This way you don’t have to bear the frustration of slow and unstable Internet while streaming.
The whole world is suffering due to this Coronavirus pandemic, and it’s still unknown when it’s going to end. Recent speculations also show that this pandemic might last a lot longer than expected, so buckle up.
The odds that internet traffic will continuously rise are quite high. Unless the telecommunication companies and the Nepal Government has some plans, the situation might worsen.
When do you think this pandemic will be over? Leave your guesses in the comments below.