‘Fortnite’ And ‘Call Of Duty’ Straining Italian Internet As Coronavirus Keeps Kids Home
The entire country of Italy is currently on lockdown as officials try to contain and halt the spread of coronavirus in what has so far been one of the worst country outbreaks in the world of the pandemic. That has involved shutting schools down indefinitely, and now there are unforeseen side effects occurring as a result of that.
When kids are home from school and essentially not allowed to leave the house, you should have little trouble guessing what many of them are going to turn to: video games. And that is having some very real effects on Italian internet providers with a bunch of house-bound kids (and adults) playing games like Fortnite and Call of Duty online every day, which use a lot of bandwidth.
“We reported an increase of more than 70% of Internet traffic over our landline network, with a big contribution from online gaming such as Fortnite,” Telecom Italia Chief Executive Officer Luigi Gubitosi said on a call this Wednesday with analysts (via Bloomberg).
The surge in internet traffic did lead to some temporary outages in Italy, but those have reportedly been brought under control, according to Telecom Italia.READ MORE