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CoronaVirus - Lockdown increased Internet consumption by 50 percent in Nepal

25th March 2020
"'We do not have the capacity to meet demand and consumption if doubled he says, adding that the problem of the Internet slowing down as the users demand grows."

After the lockdown, Internet consumption has increased by 50 percent over the normal period in Nepal. The Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal (ISPAN), Internet service providers, has seen the highest increase in Internet usage since all citizens are indoors.

Internet service providers have urged consumers to use the Internet as little as possible. With the rise in the risk of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many are surfing on the internet to spend time after the government announced a lockdown.

Due to this, Internet Service Providers (ISP) are facing hard to meet the demands of 'bandwidth'.

Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal Chairman Bhoj Raj Bhatt says consumption rates are rising. He said that it is very hard keeping up with demand as the consumption is increasing at this rate. With offices now closed, service providers have found it easier to manage consumption on demand.

'We do not have the capacity to meet demand and consumption if doubled he says, adding that the problem of the Internet slowing down as the user's demand grows.

He urged them to be cautious when using house-to-house routers, including Internet devices because the repairs have been stopped due to risk. Bhatt said the team was mobilized to fix the problems seen in the house, even though house-to-house repairs were halted.

ISPAN has requested to all users that the Internet be used only for information. ISPAN has also urged not to use the Internet for video viewing, downloading and playing online games for the purpose of getting information.

"It is also difficult to bring in instant bandwidth from India, consumption of internet bandwidth has increased in India," said Bhatt, president of ISPAN, "We are not able to sustain as much demand as we have, and there is no need to bring in more equipment now."

Internet service providers have said that there is no longer a home-to-house repair service at risk of infection. But there is nothing that can be done to repair it online, said Bhatt.

Consumers are urged to use an online payment facility for bill payment. 

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