The Chief Executive Officer, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria, Muhammed Rudman, has said Nigeria’s internet traffic has increased by 10% following the spread of COVID-19 pandemic disease.
Rudman said a surge in Internet traffic was noticed on Tuesday when the lockdown took effect in selected states, especially in Lagos.
According to him, Internet traffic has increased by 10 per cent in the past one week as many companies had introduced work-from-home policy a week before the government-imposed lockdown.
IXPN is a centre point for local traffic exchange between network operators and Internet Protocol providers.
He noted that internet traffic has increased in Lagos and other states where the lockdown, which aims to reduce the spread of coronavirus, has taken effect.
With workers leveraging the Internet for online education, teleworking, gaming and entertainment, there has been a rise in Internet traffic recorded by the Internet exchange point.
“We noticed an increase in traffic and we are trying to encourage our members to upgrade their ports. For Lagos in particular, we have seen an increase today.
“We started noticing an increase a week ago; about 10 per cent increase in traffic. As more people start to work from home and students start learning online, we expect the traffic to be much higher.”
He said members of the exchange point had been advised to upgrade their port to avoid congestion on their networks.
Rudman added, “For us, we have enough capacity to handle the traffic but our members need to upgrade to higher port capacity.
“Our members interconnect to us on port capacity. For example, some are connected in 1Gigabyte, others 10GB or 40GB.
“If they reach the threshold of that capacity, they will need to upgrade; if not, there will be congestion on the link.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians are demanding a reduction in the price of data as many were heavily reliant on the Internet for business and personal communication during the coronavirus pandemic.
While some are asking for free data, others are clamouring for a reduction in data prices.