BEREC publishes an updated summary report on the status of internet capacity

18 December 2020

The monthly BEREC summary report on the status of internet capacity has been updated with a new overview of the current situation in Europe. The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has asked National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) to express the overall status on internet capacity in their respective countries.

As of 15 December 2020, 33 NRAs have shared their data about the impact of the crisis on electronic communications networks and their actions. While traffic has increased during the Covid-19 crisis, no major network congestions have been reported by NRAs with 19 explicitly stating that the situation remains stable. However, one country reported temporary congestion caused by technical errors while two countries informed about an ongoing increase in traffic.

In terms of the traffic light system, 26 out of 27 NRAs reported well-working networks (“status green”) with one NRA reporting minor issues (“status yellow”).

The summary report forwards information regarding updates of tracing applications from 4 NRAs. Additionally, one NRA reported that the government and operators agreed to provide free data traffic for their citizens during the Christmas period to foster virtual communications in times of restrictions on personal movement.