Netflix has been sued by a South Korean internet provider following a big surge in traffic due to the streaming service’s popularity in the wake of shows such as Squid Game. The survival drama, which recently debuted on the platform, has proved to be huge with Netflix users over the past few weeks. However, internet provider SK Broadband is now suing the streamer to pay for costs over increased network usage and maintenance work after a surge in traffic from their content, according to Reuters.
In their claim, SK said that Netflix is South Korea’s second-largest generator of traffic behind YouTube, and that other big firms such as Amazon, Apple and Facebook all pay network usage fees that the top two don’t. They also allege that the traffic from Netflix on the network jumped 24-fold to 1.2 trillion bits of data between May 2018 and September 2021, in part due to the popularity of shows such as Squid Game.
SK wants Netflix to pay for network usage dating back to May 2018, and is estimating that the amount that would need to be paid for 2020 alone would be 27.2billion.
In response to the suit, Netflix said in a statement (via MailOnline): “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.”