Netflix is reportedly being sued for an increased traffic surge in South Korea, following the release of the highly popular Squid Game.
According to Reuters, SK Broadband has claimed that the streaming giant is the second-largest generator of traffic in the country after YouTube, and all other streamers including Amazon, Apple and Facebook.
The provider says its traffic has increased 24-fold from May 2018 to September 2021, mainly because of the streaming giant.
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A Netflix representative said they’ll ‘review’ the claim in a statement to CNBC.
The rep stated: “We will review the claim that SK Broadband has filed against us.
“In the meantime, we continue to seek open dialogue and explore ways of working with SK Broadband in order to ensure a seamless streaming experience for our shared customers.”
As of September 2021, the broadband service claims it is processing a staggering 1.2 trillion bits of data every second.
Netflix’s Squid Game has been a massive success since it launched on September 17 and has received raving reviews. It’s even been tipped to become of Netflix’s most popular series ever.
The internet service is now seeking money from Netflix for network access dating back as far as 2018. For last year alone, that amount was estimated to be around 27.2 billion won (around £16.9million).
Last year, Netflix brought its own lawsuit to do with paying the provider for network usage. They argued that their only duty was creating the content and making sure it was accessible.
However, the Seoul Central District Court sided with the provider, arguing that the streaming titan should ‘reasonably’ pay something to SK Broadband for network usage.
Netflix appealed the decision and the new proceedings will begin in December 2021.
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