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Mobile data traffic in Chile increased 39% during the pandemic

Mobile data traffic in Chile increased 39% during the pandemic

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Research by Entel has revealed a 39% increase in mobile data traffic during more than 17 months of pandemic.

The period saw a change in people’s behavior regarding greater connectivity with an increase in activities such as teleworking, online bill paying and shopping.

Entel’s figures show a 39% growth in mobile data traffic use, when comparing what happened in Chile during the first half of March 2020, before starting the lockdowns, versus the first half of June this year. 

Regarding voice traffic on the mobile network, Entel data shows a growth of 23% during the pandemic.

Manuel Araya, Manager of Regulation and Corporate Affairs of Entel, said: “Since March 2020 we have experienced a significant increase in mobile data traffic due to the pandemic, which has required hard work to be able to maintain the connections of our users in a good way. 

“This involved, for example, working tirelessly to strengthen our entire network. The growth in data consumption continues to be important and remains above the average compared to the period prior to the health crisis.”

Entel’s mobile data traffic analysis indicates that, at the regional level, La Araucanía and Los Ríos led the rise in mobile data traffic during the pandemic, each reaching a growth of 74%, followed by the Magallanes region, which increased by 65% ​​in the same period.

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