Internet use during quarantine grows by 80% in Europe

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In another time, the confinement due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus would have been much more boring. In the era of communications, you can have face-to-face conversations through video calls, broadcast online concerts in front of thousands of viewers on the other side of the screen, work from home or play on the console with other friends hundreds or thousands of miles away…

The Internet is the instrument that allows people to keep alive their real life, and the proof is in the data: 80% is the increase in the use of broadband in most countries since confinement was decreed. Generally speaking, most people tends to be having a home broadband connection. There are a number of options out there and you’ll have to browse them all to be absolutely sure that you’ve got the best deal.

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The company Nokia agrees, after analyzing the Internet consumption in Western Europe since last March 14th, and provides some other interesting data, for example, that the use of WhatsApp has experienced an increase of 500% during the first day decreed state of alarm, or that Netflix traffic increased between 54 and 75% during the first weekend of confinement over the previous weekend.

The telecommunications networks, both fixed and mobile, are experiencing an explosion of use in recent days as a result of the expansion of the COVID-19 and the measures and recommendations derived from it.

The operators assure they are prepared to support all this traffic. They have critical equipment watching over the operation of the network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are taking measures to reinforce their networks (such as those implemented in coastal areas in summer, for example).

However, they do call for responsible use of a resource that is even more essential these days. For example, it is advisable to download only the documents or files that are really needed, and if they can wait it is best to do so at night or during the hours with less traffic (between two and four in the afternoon and between eight in the evening and eight in the morning). Whenever possible, it is recommended that you do not send large files and instead send links or routes to where they are stored.

Using collaboration tools such as Teams or Slack instead of, for example, mail and instant messaging, is another good habit, as well as avoiding video as much as possible, also mass emails and trying to use the landline phone instead of the mobile phone to make calls. As a basic recommendation the operators ask to optimize the traffic for what is really needed at each moment.

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