Since March 11, after the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of all educational institutions, there has been a significant increase in the number of tests on the website and mobile applications. In March, the SpeedTest.pl platform recorded a record 4.3 million measurements in Poland (3.6 million on the site and 715,000 in mobile applications).
Decreases in the average data download and upload speeds occurred in both landline and mobile operators. In general, it did not significantly affect the ease of use of the Internet on smartphones, tablets and computers. The full rating of Polish Internet providers for March is available in an interactive form at the following address:
Significant increase in the number of measurements
The number of daily measurements made by users of the platform is strongly linked to the decisions aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country. The first increase has already taken place March 11, ie the day the decision to restrict the activities of educational institutions is announced. That day, many companies decided to hire employees to work remotely. In turn, there is the greatest interest in internet speed tests March 25. It was the first day of compulsory e-learning and restriction of movement in all schools. Saturday, March 28 It was one of those hot days that recently forced some Poles to leave their homes. This behavior appears in the form of a one-day decrease in the number of tests performed.
Mobile operators (3G / LTE rating)
The growing demand for mobile data transmission has resulted in a reduction in the average data download and upload speeds in all networks of Polish infrastructure operators. For a month decreases these are compared to February 6% – 10% by is downloaded information and 4% – 7% with them sending. It should also be noted the increasing load on base stations did not adversely affect delays.
An analysis of the average daily speed of data downloads and uploads in Polish mobile networks shows a significant decrease since March 12. This was the first day of growing demand for data transmission. Medium Download speed March 12 – March 31 was the calculated data 14% lower from February 21 to March 11. case download speed data decrease formed 9%.
The data show that The COVID-19 pandemic did not paralyze Poland’s mobile networksand slowed them down only a little. However, there have been significant reductions in local speeds, which could have affected the ease of use of the Internet. We see this throughout the country increase share of the number of tests with the results Up to 2.5 Mb / s 5 percent points (16% to 21%). In turn, share with the test results It fell above 20 Mb / s 7 percent point (33% to 26%).
The speed ranges on the map above were determined based on YouTube’s recommendations for individual video transmission quality: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/78358?hl=pl
Stationary operators (general rating)
The situation with the coronavirus epidemic also affects the work of stationary lines. Due to February, the average data download speed for almost every operator fell in March. The downsides are more related to the increasing load on customer routers than infrastructure performance problems. Confirmation of this is important (i.e., Fr. 55%) increase Average download speed for tests performed by Netia network clients. This is the effect of the #przyspieszamyinternet operator’s actions, which, as we read in Netia’s official statement, consistently accelerates the transition to maximum technical capabilities.
“One of the gestures against our customers who want to support the #homeland campaign was to increase the speed of data transmission over lines in fiber optic technology (GPON, GEthernet, HFC). For most customers who use these links, this traffic means the ability to download data at a speed of 1 Gb / s.
Netia Group is investing heavily in upgrading its gigabit network, and we already have more than 1.5 million households covered by such a network. Even now – when Western European operators are relieved to decide that services such as Netflix have downgraded their broadcasts to maintain their networks – Netia is so optimally scaled that it still has enough resources to absorb its growing volume. traffic at peak hours ”.
Karol Wieczorek, PR manager, Netia
The COVID-19 pandemic affected stationary lines less than mobile lines. Medium Download speed Information from March 12 to March 31 4% lower from February 21 to March 11. case download speed data decrease total 11% and then, inter alia, from the increase in traffic from home customers as a result of video calls used for remote work and study.