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The Australian government have told internet platforms like Netflix and Stan, Google, Facebook and others to find ways to reduce the amount of data required to steam content.
At a Roundtable this week, the Communications Minister said platforms, like Netflix, Disney and Kayo and the line consider reducing the amount of data required for streaming videos over the internet.
The national broadband network is being recalibrated with millions working from home and staying away from business districts.
According to The Guardian, Fletcher convened a roundtable with the telecommunications operators on Monday.
The government wants to ensure Australia’s economy is able to keep going as best as possible and for workers to have reliable internet from home.
At that roundtable, it is understood two particular concerns raised were the possibility of more people streaming video from Netflix, Stan, Disney+ and others, and the strains large-file gaming updates would put on the internet in Australia, the Guardian said.
A spokesperson said:
“While ordinarily and not currently an issue, we note that even minor bit-rate adjustments on high volumes can contribute to lessening network load without any significant change in quality,” he said.
“Such temporary measures are already in place in Europe, and we welcome the cooperation of the streaming platforms and their willingness to do their part in maintaining optimal broadband for all Australians.”
In Europe, where millions are in Coronavirus lockdown, internet platforms are finding ways to streamline the internet.
The CEO of Telstra said: “
“We already use a lot of data at home, and the peak time tends to be around 9pm in the evening. One of the things that we’ve been talking about is when people are working and studying from home, hopefully they’ll be using most of that data during the day, not at the peak time,” he said.
“And a telecommunications network is a bit like a road: you build it for the busiest possible time, and that’s when your crunch point is.”
The Sydney News Authors