Don't worry! PTA says Pakistan has 'sufficient internet capacity' for COVID-19 lockdown

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March 26, 2020

A 15% increase in internet usage has been observed due to online activities by educational institutions and businesses, says authority

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Thursday said the country had "sufficient internet capacity" for the COVID-19 lockdown after internet usage rose 15% over a week people mostly stayed at home.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said "a net increase of around 15% in internet usage was witnessed since last week" — based on data from the telecom operators — as the nation fights coronavirus.

"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.

"There is sufficient internet capacity available in the country to meet the growing demands of the future," it added. "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."

13 million messages sent in a day

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," it mentioned.

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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