Also in this roundup: Telefónica reports massive traffic spikes; Cloudflare breaks down UK Internet usage in the time of COVID-19; and a few more rural Americans get a broadband break.
While the rest of us are staying in, The Urbano Monti is ready to hit the town. The new ship, acquired by Orange in September through its Italian subsidiary Elettra tlc, has passed necessary tests and will now conduct marine surveys of new submarine cable routes.
According to the press release: "The vessel arrived in Naples in mid-October to be completely renovated and equipped with state-of-the-art bathymetry equipment ... She then joined her home port Catania and will start her activities, under the Italian flag and with her new name, 'Urbano Monti'." The ship will carry out her first operation in the Mediterranean Sea for ASN (Alcatel Submarine Networks).
Have fun out there, old girl, and tell outside we said "Hi."
New Internet traffic pattern data from Cloudflare gives a glimpse into how individuals in the UK have shifted their interests and priorities in the COVID-19 era.
For example, while "desserts and baking" have witnessed a 482% increase in the past 28 days, searches for "philanthropic organizations" have decreased by 86%. The other areas seeing the largest increases in Internet traffic in the past month, according to Cloudflare, were "card games" (+340%), "real estate" (+334%), and "kids" (+320%) – while the biggest drop in traffic was for "heart disease" (-900%), suggesting there's only so much we can panic about at once.
In other traffic news, Telefónica has reported massive spikes in usage in the past month. As Anne Morris writes over on Light Reading: "The operator said Internet traffic growth on its fixed network in the month between the start of the coronavirus crisis and Sunday, April 12, was equivalent to that of a whole (normal) year. Traffic rose by 35% in the month, compared to the 30% accumulated growth that the company usually records over a period of 12 months."
But Telefónica also reports that one exception to the traffic surge happens nightly at 8 p.m., when the people of Spain take to their balconies to cheer for healthcare workers, and there's a noticeable drop in usage. [Ed. note: In New York, it's 7 p.m. And our "balconies" are rusty fire escapes.]
As stay-at-home orders remain in place across the US, more rural Americans have to contend with working and learning from home without access to the Internet. While some lawmakers are calling for broadband aid to be part of the next COVID-19 package, that does precious little to help those currently disconnected while Congress is in recess.
However, some rural communities are getting a little assistance. This week, Wisper ISP and the telecommunications company Sho-Me Technologies announced a partnership to expand broadband access in rural Missouri. The work, subsidized by $220 million in funding provided to Wisper from the federal government, is expected to start in two months. And over in Louisiana, Cox Communications has partnered with a local nonprofit called Every Kid a King to provide 1,000 students in East Baton Rouge with six months of Internet service. Paid for with a $60,000 donation from the nonprofit, the service will go to the first 1,000 families to qualify. The application is available here and is "specifically for families with students enrolled in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System."
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