When states and localities directed citizens to stay home in 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis, internet traffic in the United States shifted dramatically. The volume of individuals working remotely over the internet, participating in online education and enjoying online entertainment put a tremendous strain on the system.
Connectivity and the infrastructure that supports it became vital to economic viability and the cohesion of our daily lives. Today’s networks and the collaboration applications are highly advanced. For the most part, providers maintain constant high bandwidth and network availability that ensure businesses, homes, educational providers and governments remain operational.
Regulatory Authority over Wireless Internet Services
The Federal Communications Commission oversees the radio spectrum licenses of wireless internet and voice service providers, using frequencies known as the Advanced Wireless Services band. The FCC grants licenses to operate at a given frequency so that one provider doesn’t cause interference with another. In addition, the amount of internet traffic a given provider can support at a time is limited by the amount of spectrum licensed to the provider. Since the spring 2020 lockdowns, the FCC has worked to adjust the regulatory burdens placed on spectrum licensees to allow for greater internet connectivity.
In early April 2020, Verizon reported carrying around nine billion messages a day across its US network, a volume it usually only sees on New Year’s Eve. AT&T asserted Wi-Fi calling patterns accelerated 105% higher than usual.
The shift to remote work also led to a huge uptick in the use of collaboration and videoconferencing tools. Microsoft Teams saw a 475% increase in daily active users in less than a year, while Zoom saw a 2,900% surge in peak daily users between December 2019 and April 2020.
The Next Frontier of Connectivity
What’s possible with the future of connectivity? 5G along with spectrum, wireless, deep fiber and small cells are technologies that bring us one step closer to finding out. 5G has the potential to drive digital transformation across every industry. 62% of home internet consumers indicate they will likely replace their service with 5G Wi-Fi if it matches fiber speeds.
[It’s important to note that more than 6% of the US population (21 million people) have no high-speed connection. In 2017, FCC estimated that there were up to 19 million Americans without access to internet in rural communities. This marks an opportunity to both potential providers and new customers.]
This online activity boom resulted in IP network interconnects and SIB PBX trunking applications. A greater demand was placed on call processing, routing capacities, metro optical and bandwidth connectivity. The new surge in traffic is managed by the software and cloud-native capabilities of network transformation and networking products which allows for high capacity and low latency connectivity.
How Recovery Point Can Help
High performance cloud services along with a new level of data protection to keep mission critical applications safe is required for continued remote work. (Research indicates that most businesses will operate in a hybrid work/home environment for years to come.) Transitioning to the cloud requires clarity of purpose and disciplined execution. Don’t begin your cloud journey without a reliable roadmap and a qualified guide to lead you there.
Recovery Point offers a portfolio of cloud planning, migration, operations and management services that will help your organization plot the proper course and reduce risk. In addition, our partnerships with leading interconnect providers like PCCW Console Connect allow for interconnects from Recovery Point’s Germantown, MD location. It’s an easy-to-use platform for Software Defined Interconnection® of network services, providing a one-touch portal for seamless global connectivity between data centers, business partners, distributed IT infrastructure and the world’s major public clouds.
What sets Console Connect apart is that the platform runs on one of the world’s largest MPLS networks that combines the flexibility of on-demand cloud with the security, reliability and performance of high-quality, owned infrastructure, physically separate to the public internet.
We understand that cloud migration is complicated by complex IT architecture. Despite the fact that the cloud has been around for 20 years, many organizations are apprehensive about using it. The cloud provides a fantastic opportunity to modernize IT infrastructure and gain operational efficiency.
Don’t be discouraged: Dedicate the resources to design your cloud migration and get started. A trusted partner makes your cloud journey easier. Call Recovery Point at 877-445-4333 to speak with an expert today.