Coronavirus: The use of WhatsApp in Spain is multiplied by seven

In turn, video and music streaming platforms such as Movistar + or Spotify had traffic spikes well above normal during the weekend.

The Spanish have turned to messaging applications in these moments of quarantine, to the point that the use of WhatsApp , the most popular application to send messages from mobile phones, has registered seven times more traffic since last Saturday.

The day with the highest influx was precisely that day, Saturday the 14th, according to data from Telefónica, which has also highlighted the changes in network patterns between March 9 and 15 related to measures against the coronavirus.

Whatsapp traffic has grown specifically 698% , which is 381 Gbs (Gigabytes per second) more than normal, according to data provided this Monday by the operator to the EFE Agency.

Regarding the voice on the Movistar mobile network, there was also a much higher traffic than normal , 37%, especially in the Community of Madrid. On Sunday it grew 84% compared to the previous Sunday.

Since Monday 9, an increase in the total traffic carried on the Movistar IP network of 3 Tbps (Terabyte per second) has been detected, 26% above the usual traffic (about 1,500 hours of HD movies per second).

Saturday was also the day with the highest growth in the use of ” gaming “, with an increase of 271% in traffic compared to the previous week , which means that the network has managed 700 Gbs more than normal, according to sources.

The greater use of teleworking has also been reflected in the Telefónica network, as it shows that the traffic of remote work tools such as Skype and Webex has multiplied by up to four in the past week.

The use of Webex shot up on Friday the 13th, coinciding with the incorporation of more workers to telework, according to the company, which has not yet provided the data on Monday.

As curious data, it should be noted that the peak of traffic on Skype and Spotify occurred on Sunday 15 .

Regarding TV consumption, access to Movistar + in the last week has increased by 6% compared to the same days the previous week, while consumption time has risen by 19%.

On Saturday 14, more than 8.8 million viewers accessed Movistar +, 11% more than the previous Saturday, and consumption rose almost 50%.

It has also highlighted the increase in consumption in the news programs, since if 2 weeks ago they accounted for 16% of total consumption, in the last week it has risen four percentage points, up to 20% of consumption.

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