Data usage increases amid the Covid-19 and the reliance on tech apps reached the skies

Internet usage exponentially increased amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the way of life changed completely for everyone in the world. Due to the lockdown and social distancing measures, organizations and educational institutes had to shut down, and people were bound at home. So, they resorted to the internet and technical apps for work, education, information, and entertainment purposes.

This heavy reliance on the internet has led to a whopping 47% increase in broadband data usage, with more gigabit and terabyte subscribers.

As per OpenVault’s Broadband Insights Report for the first three months of 2020, the average broadband consumption has reached 402.5GB. This value was at 273.5GB last year around the same time. This means that the average broadband consumption has increased by almost 47%. It is also 17% higher than what it was towards the end of 2019.

Due to this heavy reliance on internet usage and fast speed, gigabit internet subscribers increased by 97%. This percentage was hardly 1.9% at the beginning of 2019 and had reached 2.8% by the end of last year. Even in the 1st quarter of 2020, it was at 3.75%.

Similarity, Infinera has provided an informative infographic that gives insights into the habits of online users and how they are collectively using so much data.

As per Infinera’s calculations, on April 4th of this year, 50,000 years’ worth of media was live-streamed! In one day alone! Now, these are figures that are hard to believe but they are there because of services and apps like Netflix and Peloton.

Netflix has seen a 22% year-over-year growth in subscribers, while Peloton’s user growth rose by 66%. Disney+ is also seeing the growth that it was likely to see after four years and has gained 54 million paid subscribers!

If we come to social media platforms, Facebook has seen a 27% increase in daily website traffic, while for WhatsApp, it’s a double increase in calls and videos.

For LinkedIn, there is a 26% quarterly growth of user sessions, and with TikTok, there is a 25% increase in the number of monthly installs of the app.

In Business apps, Microsoft Teams has set a record of 2.7 billion total meeting minutes in a single day.

Slack has seen an 80% increase in new paid customers in comparison to the first quarter of 2020.

Google Meet has seen 3800 years of the worth amount of time spent in sessions in one day!

There is a 2900% growth of daily Zoom participants since last year’s December.

In Gaming apps, Nintendo has seen a 41% surge in annual profits, while for the social gaming app, Bunch Live, there is 1 million growth of users in one week.

There has been a double increase in in-game revenue for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare versus 2019’s all of Duty: Black Ops.

There is a 70% growth in monthly sign-ups for the social video and gaming app, House Party.

Microsoft has seen a 775% increase in cloud service usage, especially in the regions where lockdown and social distancing measures were strictly implemented. Amazon web services have seen 70% of year-over-year growth in revenue in the first quarter of 2020.

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