According to a study by the internet node operator DE-CIX, delays in the internet connection are responsible for the fact that German office workers lose an average week of working time over the year. Around two-thirds of workers struggle with delays at least once a month, and more than a third even several times a week or daily.
It makes a slight difference whether you work from home or in the office: the connection is obviously better at home. 40 percent of office workers complain of connectivity issues, while only 35 percent of hybrid or home office respondents experience internet issues. Bandwidth-intensive applications such as video conferences are particularly slowing down – 39 percent of all disruptions occur in online meetings. This is followed by downloads, applications in the cloud and the sending of e-mails.
Infrastructure as a brake
make reasons for it the respondents according to the survey at the infrastructure level. Mainly network overload and insufficient network expansion are assumed to be the causes of the delays. However, the respective company is also responsible: Outdated devices, a poor company network and poorly coordinated company software contribute to the unreliability of the Internet connection.
Ivo Ivanov, Managing Director and CEO at DE-CIX, points out in particular the connection to the cloud as a brake. Companies that move their computing load and applications to the cloud would also have to take care of making access to them as direct as possible.
Detours via the public Internet therefore slow down the entire process. And as long as the internet connection is still so unreliable on average, bandwidth guzzlers like VR-based meetings are out of the question – unless you want to spend two weeks instead of one on annoying disconnects and loading times. Among other things, DE-CIX operates the DE-CIX Frankfurt – with a data volume of almost 30 exabytes per year, this is one of the most important internet nodes in the world.