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Jakarta Post

Telcos record surge in data traffic as people stay at home

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26 2020   /  01:22 am

People have been relying a lot on their internet connection, mostly for daily communication, work and entertainment. Since the government instructed the public to stay at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, the need for internet access has jumped, with people needing to ensure that they can remain connected while staying and working from home.

Since March 15, when the government called on people to work from home (WFH) and practice physical distancing, many day-to-day activities from working to schooling have shifted online. This has led to a surge in demand for digital communication services in the country.

Endita Prima, a university lecturer in Yogyakarta, for example, spends much more time online than usual, as she has been required to provide her student lectures online from home since March 17. She uses the internet primarily to use online teaching and meeting platfor...