back to article Network sniffers find COVID-19 did not break the internet – though it was behind a massive jump in outages

Global internet disruptions went up 63 per cent after February and remained elevated throughout the first half of 2020 compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to net and cloud researcher ThousandEyes. In March, as much of the world entered pandemic-related lockdowns, the number of outages across ISPs, cloud providers, …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Despite fewer outages overall

    Fewer idiots with JCBs roaming the land ?

    On the other hand, promising everyone 100MBit at home and then finding that they all want to use it during the day ....

    1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

      Re: Despite fewer outages overall

      Very true. I've given up on Virgin for just that reason. I don't need 100Mbit: I've got FTTC that's rock solid at 36Mbit, and it's actually much better.

    2. Sway

      Re: Despite fewer outages overall

      The little yellow cable finders are all parked up.

  2. YetAnotherJoeBlow Bronze badge

    I live in the Philippines and internet has just been shite. My net at home can only muster 14KB uplink! I am extremely lucky to get 900kb/s download. Globe is the worst but Smart is not much better.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I can feel your pain, Inter-ISP peering in PH is an absolute fucking dog to work with - PLDT won't peer with Globe and any reasonable level, and vice-versa. So if your content is in Globe, PLDT users are screwed.

      You'd assume with PH the issue would be mainly caused by geography - many islands and all that - but it's not, it all comes down to a bunch of execs with their heads up their rhetoricals viewing their business as more of a gang family than a business that should interoperate for their user's benefit

      1. T. F. M. Reader Silver badge

        heads up their rhetoricals

        That's a most unexpected use of the word. True to form, it was used to a significant effect without affecting the actual information flow. Was it intentional?

        Forget it - that was a r....l question. Have an upvote.

  3. -tim

    5G protester outages?

    How many recent outages have been caused by 5G sabotage? Some idiot trying to burn down a tower ended up damaging the fiber going to work causing nearly a whole day outage due to the fire being started in a pit.

    I've started collecting magnetrons out of dead microwaves. I'm not sure if I should mail them to the idiots I find or just put them up on sane neighbors roofs.

    Should I have used the warning icon rather than the fire icon since that will be inside the box with "warning microwave generating magnetron!"

    1. Ben Tasker Silver badge

      Re: 5G protester outages?

      We've got a few of those nutters round here, so I occasionally see posters on lampposts. I did toy with an idea...

      You know in the IT Crowd they make "the internet" and lend it to Jen.

      Similar basis - little box with an LED in the top, and a magnet in the bottom.

      Sticker on the side - "5G wave amplifier, property of Microsoft" - or similar

      Make a few of them, and then start deploying them onto cars around the houses of the nutters.

      Technically, though, I guess you could find yourself getting done for criminal damage

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