The Pandemic and the Network Edge

Guy Daniels
By Guy Daniels

Dec 3, 2020

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Panel Discussion

When the pandemic hit, three main things happened. Firstly, the pattern of data changed, literally overnight, as people started working from home under curfew. Secondly, the volume of data within these new patterns increased exponentially and moved into a much more synchronous shape, and thirdly, the types of applications changed towards interactive video and virtual.

Overall, the networks coped well, but this was particularly due to the fact that the streaming services, such as Netflix and Disney throttled themselves voluntarily, in a situation that no one could have really foreseen. This experience has tested traditional network design and it has shown that we need to take the lessons from the last few months and apply them now, as this situation is likely to happen again, and we need to be prepared.


  • Kurt de Lange, Director Infrastructure Deployment & Field Operations, Proximus
  • Basel El-Abed, Director of Transport Network Planning and IP Core, du
  • Rafael De Fermin, Senior VP, IP/Optics, EMEA, Nokia

Recorded from TelecomTV Studio A, November 2020

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