Increase in usage of telecom services during March and April in Egypt

The Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) published a comparison between telecom service indicators in the second week of April and the second week of March 2020. The published figures demonstrated that the telecommunications services usage and Internet consumption have remarkably increased, showing high traffic in March and April. This is due to the measures taken by many Egyptians to combat the Coronavirus, by self quarantining at home. According to the report, international voice calls increased by 15% and local voice calls by 3%; home Internet usage increased by 87% and mobile Internet usage by 18 %. While web browsing went up by 131%, browsing the websites of the ministries of education, technical education, and higher education and scientific research saw a surge of 376.4%. The usage of video, social media, and game applications also showed a remarkable increase.