The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has revealed that video streaming and social media apps have witnessed a surge in usage since March 2020 amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
Amazon Prime leads the list witnessing a 44% increase in usage, followed by Netflix subscriptions at 26% overall use.
The two streaming giants are followed by social media websites Twitter (22%), Facebook (17%), and video publishing and viewing plaform YouTube (16%).
Photo sharing social media app Instagram saw 12% increase in usage, while Snapchat witnessed a 9% increase.
The list has yet to include TikTok, a 15-second video sharing platform that has gained ground mostly with the youth that has surpassed over one billion downloads worldwide.
#TRA announced a significant increase in the use of social media platforms during the past months as a result of the measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19#Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/0SQsOlS3fz
— هيئة تنظيم الاتصالات (@TheUAETRA) May 19, 2020