The leisure habits of the Spanish have had to change in a forced way in recent weeks because of the coronavirus. After-school activities or outdoor weekend getaways are being replaced by home plans in this time of confinement and the consumption of video games has tripled in this period.
According to Telefonica data, between March 13 and 15 the traffic of gaming increased 271% compared to the previous week. It must be remembered that, for example, the schools in the Community of Madrid closed on Wednesday the 13th and coincided with the spectacular increase. The Telefonica network managed to manage up to 700 Gbs more than usual, with Saturday the 14th being the busiest. The gaming sources that have grown the most are Playstation and Xbox, in addition to downloading games on mobiles and other devices.
Another important data provided by Telefonica is the consumption of WhatsApp, the application with the highest growth in the week of March 9 to 15. Traffic WhatsApp grew 698%, which means managing 381 Gbs more than usual. Saturday the 14th was also the peak of the week in the messaging app.
The oldest use of telework It has also had an important reflection on the Telefonica network, as shown by the traffic generated by remote work tools such as Skype and Webex, which has multiplied by four. The use of these tools shot up on March 13, the date on which thousands of Spaniards joined teleworking.
The data from Telefonica taking as a reference on Tuesday, March 17 indicate that the consumption of mobile voice increased 40% at peak time 12 oclock in the morning, reports Ep. At the same time, many recovered the landline, whose consumption increased that same day and at that same time by 45 percent.
Regarding data consumption, mobile data on the 17th at 11pm had increased by 41% compared to any other day, while fixed data consumption increased on March 20 at 10pm by 40% , caused by the consumption of OTT and streaming platforms. For example, on Saturday the 14th, more than 8.8 million viewers accessed Movistar +, 11% more than the previous Saturday, and consumption rose almost 50%.
From Monday 9 to Sunday 15, an increase in total traffic on the Movistar IP network of 3 Tbps (Terabyte per second) was confirmed, 26% above the normal traffic during the year, which means about 1,500 hours of movies in HD per second. Despite this volume of data and user consumption, Telefonica assures that the networks are “perfectly prepared to support current traffic”. However, they have some tips for the efficient use of networks such as avoiding sending mass emails, sending links instead of heavy files, downloading heavy things in off-peak hours and using the landline for calls and making audio conferences better than video conferences.