COVID-19 Dominates Telecom Headlines as the Industry Adjusts

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By Jayne MillerApr 8, 2020


Unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic is a recurring theme across the majority of industry headlines this month.

From reports on usage trends, to the new WFH plight of WAN managers, to Google changing its Chrome release plans to avoid any hiccups in service—coronavirus has permeated the industry from every corner.

You can peruse these stories below. And if you're looking for more updates on how the pandemic is impacting the telecom industry, there's lots more on our State of the Network page. We're curating the latest headlines, network status updates, and reports from service providers.

COVID-19 Offers a Unique Opportunity to Pilot Zero Trust, Rapidly and at Scale

There's lots to read about the impact of remote work on the industry. This CSO story zeroes in on the security side of things, covering the rising popularity of the zero-trust network security model. 

OTT Voice Traffic Reaches 1 Trillion Minutes in 2019

The spread of COVID-19 is impacting OTT usage. Operators are under pressure to keep networks running in the face of huge demand. Voice is perhaps getting a lift from an uptick in conference calls.

This is the environment in which we meet this Light Reading story, which covers the latest in OTT voice traffic, including stats from some of TeleGeography's research.

ISPs React to Pandemic-Induced Internet Traffic Surges

Broadband internet and OTT providers across the globe are being forced to make changes to their operations as they handle the massive, pandemic-induced increase in bandwidth demand. And the sharp rise in teleworking, video streaming, and gaming due to full or partial lockdowns has put a strain on networks.

Our GlobalComms team looked at case studies around the globe to understand how ISPs are reacting.

5G’s Year One: Fast Start and Healthy Growth

How does 5G look one year in? 

Fueled by an explosion of 3GPP-standard commercial 5G networks deployed globally, there are now five 5G commercial networks. This number is expected to nearly quadruple to 200 by the end of 2020.

There's lots more data where that came from. This Microwave Journal story has more.

COVID-19 News: Google Scraps Newest Version of Chrome

Google has decided that now might not be the best time to introduce the latest version of Chrome and Chrome OS, better known as M82.

“As we adapt our future milestone schedules to the current change in schedule, we have decided to skip the M82 release to ensure we keep users safe and focus all efforts on maintaining stability,” said Jason Kersey, Director of technical program management at Google.


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