Internet usage rises by 15% in Pakistan as a result of lockdown due to COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: Internet usage in Pakistan has increased by more than 15 per cent, the country’s telecom regulatory body said in a statement issued, as people remain confined to their homes owing to lockdowns imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said “a net increase of around 15 per cent in internet usage was witnessed since last week” — based on data from telecom operators.

“The increase has been observed due to increased online activities by educational institutions and businesses and, ‘work from home’ policy adopted by individuals and organizations,” it said.

The increase has been observed due to increased online activities by educational institutions and businesses and, ‘work from home’ policy adopted by individuals and organizations.

There is sufficient internet capacity available in the country to meet the growing demands of the future. PTA has been closely monitoring the internet usage patterns so as to ensure that fast & efficient telecom services remain available to the consumers in this difficult time.

“There is sufficient internet capacity available in the country to meet the growing demands of the future,” said the telecom authority. “PTA has been closely monitoring the internet usage patterns so as to ensure that fast & efficient telecom services remain available to the consumers in this difficult time.”

The PTA further noted that mobile phone companies have “sent 13 million awareness msgs about #Coronavirus to their subscribers today” in various languages.

Since 19 March, more than 366 million awareness msgs have been sent on PTA’s directions in English, Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi & Pashto.

“Since 19 March, more than 366 million awareness msgs have been sent on PTA’s directions in English, Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi & Pashto,” it mentioned.

To spread awareness in the public about preventive measures against Corona Virus, PTA has directed mobile phone operators to replace standard ring back tone(heard by caller when call is being made) with awareness messages about #COVID19 preventive measures

These ring tones are free and the subscribers are not being charged for this service.#PakistanFightsCorona

Separately, it said the coronavirus awareness message, which has replaced the traditional tone, was as per its directives to the phone operators.

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