CEMAC zone: recession could reach 6% according to BEAC

All the indicators are certainly not red. But most of the economic indicators in the six countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) are already found the Monetary Policy Committee (CPM) of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) at the end of the second annual session on June 24, 2020 in Yaoundé.

Analyzing the situation in Central Africa, it emerges that in the short and medium terms, the CEMAC zone is affected by the health crisis and the fall in the prices of the main export products. "

"In the first half of 2020, the revival of productive activities was slowed down in the sub-region by the disruption of supply circuits for imported products as well as by the restrictive measures adopted by the various governments to contain the effects of the pandemic. Although it is premature for the moment to fully grasp the impact of COVID-19 on national economies, it is already anticipated during this first semester a drop in production as well as a det…

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.