Anacom revealed that its internet speed and quality measurement platform had a considerable increase in tests. From the beginning of the year until the 19th of April, more than a month after the confirmation of the state of emergency of the pandemic of COVID-19, the NET.mede platform, via browser, registered a considerable increase in accesses of use.
This increase occurred both in equipment with residential fixed access, as well as in mobile devices. Only during the weekend there was a decrease in tests performed. The regulator says that before the pandemic there was an average of 2,000 tests per day on its platform, but with the pandemic the values more than doubled. In the last week, between April 13-19, 4,515 daily tests were carried out, a volume also recorded before Easter and at the beginning of the pandemic.
As for tests carried out on fixed equipment, before March 12, there were peaks recorded between 6 pm and 10 pm. From that date, which dictated the State of Emergency, the number increased, with peaks occurring mainly between 3 pm and 7 pm, decreasing from then on, reflecting the need to maintain consistent speeds due to telework and distance learning.
Lisbon and Vale do Tejo was the region with the greatest increase in fixed accesses, registering 1,494 daily tests, an increase of 220%. The region also saw an increase in the number of mobile accesses with more than 544 daily tests. In the analysis by municipality, Lisbon and Porto performed the most tests, followed by Oeiras and Palmela.