A South Korean internet service company known as SK broadband filed a lawsuit against the infamous online streaming company Netflix alleging that it has caused a surge in traffic due to the world-famous series “Squid Game”.
The lawsuit comes just days after the South Korean lawmakers had called upon the content-providing companies to pay the networks for the traffic as that is where they make their potential earnings.
The broadband providing company has stated that Netflix is liable to pay them for the cost of the maintenance work for the network, which was caused because of the huge bandwidth used by the viewers while watching the popular Squid game.
According to the lawsuit, SK broadband stated that the traffic rose from 50 Gbps (gigabits per second) to 1200 Gbps in mere days after the release of the Squid Game.
Netflix responded to the lawsuit stating that it will review the claims made by the internet service providing company and will ensure that both the parties work together so that the consumers don’t get affected.
Netflix is known to be the second-largest traffic generator across South Korea after YouTube. It intends to join hands with SK broadband which is one of the largest broadband service providers in the country.
Previously Netflix had issued an official statement stating that it has contributed to South Korea’s economy by creating more than 16000 jobs from its investment in the country, which benefited the economy of the country in the long run and boosted it by US$ 4.7 billion.
A Seoul court had ruled earlier this year that the online streaming companies should “reasonably” give something to the internet service companies for the network usage and traffic surge. The high bandwidth requires maintenance from time to time and the streaming platforms benefit from it, therefore they are liable to pay as well.