Azerbaijan's web traffic triples during coronavirus quarantine

Azerbaijan's web traffic triples during coronavirus quarantine

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 5

By Sadraddin Agjayev – Trend:

The average internet traffic consumed by Azerbaijan’s KATV1 provider subscribers made up 9 hours and 15 minutes a day, Ali Aliyev, head of the company’s marketing department said in an interview with Trend.

He added that 82 percent of users from Baku visited foreign websites.

“The view rating of national web-resources made up 18 percent. About 70 percent of the population used streaming services from pirated platforms, to watch movies and TV shows," Aliyev said. "During the pandemic, the total consumption of internet traffic rose up by almost 300 percent, that is, from March 12 to April 30 there was a load that was planned to be used for six months."

According to him, unlike the previous months, the peak of activity in streaming consumption has shifted from 10:00 to 19:00 (GMT+4).

"Basically, there is an increase in the use of video conferencing, distance learning, social networks; there also increased visits to resources with films and TV series," he said.

"More than 5 percent of users watch TV shows and films via subscription services," said Aliyev.

“Following the closure of secondary and higher schools, the greatest growth accounted for young demographic groups with more than a 60 percent increase in time spent online, which accordingly led to the traffic increase,” he said. “Hgh traffic increase also fell on computer gamers."

He said that most of the population in Azerbaijan, being isolated, switched to remote working, which in turn triggered the increase in web traffic consumption.

“We have increased the resources and capabilities necessary to support the services,” he also noted.” When the demand approaches a threshold level, we have enough reserves to hold up."

KATV1 company was founded in 2005. As of now, the company has drawn 90 km of optical, 80 km of trunk and 140 km of submachine lines for providing the population with KATV1 services.

The services cover Baku, Ganja, Mingachevir and Sumgayit.

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