NRAs report on the use of digital apps to assist in monitoring the spread of COVID-19

15 May 2020

The weekly BEREC summary report on the status of internet capacity, regulatory and other measures in light of the Covid-19 crisis continue to show that traffic volumes are stabilizing and that no major congestion has occurred. The updated summary report also provides insight on various solutions in Europe to monitor the spread of COVID-19.

A wide variety of different digital apps has been introduced in several European countries with the aim to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and assist people in the time of pandemics. For example, some NRAs report on the use of apps that collects data via Bluetooth about the proximity of other users that have the  same app installed. In this way, individuals may receive information if they come into contact with a person that has tested positive for Covid-19. There are also other approaches to measure the impact of quarantine and stop the chain of infection such as by gathering data from mobile operators to help determine citizen mobility.