[ooni-talk] [Report] Network performance during the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Italy

Maria Xynou maria at openobservatory.org
Fri Jul 17 16:41:19 UTC 2020

Hello friends,

Today OONI and M-Lab co-published a report examining network performance
in Northern Italy during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can read the report on the following sites:

* OONI: https://ooni.org/post/2020-network-performance-covid19-italy/

* M-Lab:

We analyzed NDT measurements collected from the provinces in the Milan
metropolitan area between 1st January 2020 to 15th June 2020 with the
goal of examining whether network performance was affected amid the
surge in internet use during the nationwide lockdown.

In summary, we observe:

* Significant increase in the number of NDT tests run per day around the
beginning of Italy’s nationwide lockdown (which started on 10th March 2020);

* Reduced NDT download and upload speed results during the nationwide
lockdown in Italy (between March 2020 to May 2020);

* Improved NDT download and upload speed results from early May 2020
onwards, when the Italian government gradually started to lift the
strict lockdown measures.

As the available measurements suggest that there may be a correlation
between increased internet use and reduced network performance, they
highlight the need to invest in internet infrastructure that is more
robust and sustainable in the long-term. They also highlight the need
for more longitudinal measurements collected from more stable vantage
points to improve our understanding of network performance issues.

You can run NDT and contribute measurements on network performance
through the OONI Probe apps (https://ooni.org/install/) or by deploying
the Murakami tool (https://github.com/m-lab/murakami) in a Docker container.

Please help share our report:


~ OONI team.

Maria Xynou
Research & Partnerships Director
Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
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