India is under 21 days lockdown due to the recent coronavirus outbreak. As people cannot go out of their respective places, they are largely dependent on mobile data. Therefore, a number of internet service providers are limiting their services to an extent to reduce the stress on the internet. All the video streaming sites such as Hotstar and Netflix suspended their HD quality streamings.
The New Restrictions
The most popular source of instant messaging application in the country, WhatsApp recently makes an effort to reduce the stress on the internet. The company has around 400 million subscribers from all across India. In fact, India is the biggest market for the instant messaging application.
The company is rolling out a new feature which will act as a limitation for the WhatsApp users. Now, users cannot share more than 15 seconds of videos on their status.
Once you upload a video of more than 15 seconds, it will showcase an error message. The message reveals that the whole video will trim into the first 15 seconds. However, users have the option to trim the video manually, in order to fit in that 15 seconds limit.
Facebook, which owns this messaging app, is also putting its effort to reduce data stress. The company is intentionally reducing the video quality on Facebook and Instagram videos.
COAI Request to Telecom Industry
Recently the COAI, which includes the major telecom players like Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone put an effort to reduce the stress. They asked the telecom ministry to direct these streaming platforms, including Facebook, to reduce the stress on the internet. As many of the people are staying at home and doing work from home, it will be difficult for them to carry out their works.