The ongoing pandemic led everyone to stay in their homes, raising the need for the internet to work from homes. These led authorities to believe a network traffic congestion may happen, thus asking every internet entertainment firm to scale down their capabilities in support. Following this suit lately is Akamai Technologies, a popular CDN stripping down the game downloads in peak hours at certain regions, to suffice bandwidth for other important tasks.
An Impactful Move
The move was anticipated, but not from a CDN. Yet, Akamai has its own reason to support, as the largest CDN contributes to over 20% of the world’s internet traffic. So a decision to scale down data speeds could definitely have a reasonable impact on network bandwidth. Well, European regulators to have asked telecom providers to switch their streaming services to Standard Definition, to reduce the load from internet grids.
Akamai announced yesterday that, in association with Sony and Microsoft, it would slow down video game downloads in certain regions, to preserve bandwidth for essential usage. This wouldn’t be impacting the gameplay speed, but just the downloading speeds. This was its support for those working from homes due to coronavirus outbreak.
Akamai defines justifies how this measure could help, as game downloads or updates contribute to a significant part of internet traffic, which could be equal to 30,000 webpages at times of new game update. Thus, this decision could be fairly impactful. Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai said, “Akamai is also working with leading distributors of software, particularly for the gaming industry, including Microsoft and Sony, to help manage congestion during peak usage periods.”
Others as such
Earlier this month, major entertainers as Amazon Prime and Netflix announced they’d be stripping down their default streaming quality to Standard Definition (SD) for the same cause. YouTube has made a similar announcement, which restricts default quality to SD in Europe, but now extended this to the whole world. Yet, you can upscale to HD in settings manually.
Source: Akamai Blog