BCEAO releases $ 6 billion for West African economies

The BCEAO has just made a liquidity injection of 3350 billion FCFA ($ 6 billion) at a fixed rate of 2% in favor of several banks of the UMOA. A total of 87 financial institutions participated in the operation. The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) made a further injection of liquidity to its member countries last week. In total, 3350 billion FCFA ($ 6 billion) were disbursed by the institution.

During the auction on September 14, 87 banks in the sub-region obtained an injection of liquidity at a fixed rate of 2%. With more than 1000 billion FCFA ($ 1.8 billion), it is the Ivory Coast which obtained the most important financing, ie 31% of the funds injected.

It is followed by Senegal with more than 580 billion FCFA ($ 1 billion), Mali with 466 billion FCFA (835 million $), Benin with 434.5 billion FCFA (777 million $) and Burkina Faso with 318 billion FCFA. ($ 569 million). Niger with 241.6 billion FCFA ($ 432 million), Togo with 219 billion FCFA (…

Coronavirus: Netflix to cut throughput to ease Internet in Europe

Telework, streaming, online video game… With confinement imposed or advised in many European countries in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, Internet traffic is exploding (+ 70% at Telecom Italia). If the French operators claim to be able to withstand the shock, Netflix announced on Thursday that it would reduce the speed of its streams in Europe for a month in order to relieve the infrastructure. The company is responding to the European Commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, who had called on the streaming giants to switch to standard definition.
Netflix to cut throughput to ease Internet in Europe

“Following discussions between Thierry Breton and (the managing director) Reed Hastings, and given the extraordinary challenges posed by the coronavirus, Netflix has decided to reduce the speed of all our streams in Europe for 30 days. We estimate that this should reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by about 25%, while ensuring good quality of service for our members, "said the company.

Clearly, given this 25% figure, Netflix is ​​not going to switch to the old standard definition (720x480 pixels) for everyone. On paper, the company can trim enough barely noticeable 4K (3840x2160 pixels) or Full HD (1.920x1.080 pixels) to offer correct quality while relieving the network by 25%. According to HowToGeek's measurements, content in 4K weighs about ten times heavier than the same SD version.

Netflix, greedy for traffic
Worldwide, streaming accounts for approximately 60% of Internet traffic, according to Sandvine's latest annual report (pdf). In France, Netflix (23%), Google / YouTube (17%), Facebook (5%), Amazon (3%), Canal + (2%) represent 50% of downstream Internet traffic, according to figures published by Arcep last summer.

Can infrastructures absorb an increase in traffic with containment? Last week, Telecom Italia noted "an increase of more than 70% of Internet traffic on [the fixed network, with a strong contribution from online games". In Germany, the DEC-IX in Frankfurt, the world's largest Internet trading hub, recorded a historic peak of 9 terabits per second on March 11, up 12% from the previous record in December. In France, Iliad (Free), Orange and Bouygues all assured that their network was ready. We will be fixed on March 24 with the launch of Disney Plus.