There is a growing demand for Internet connection from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel, according to Bezeq company, Hebrew-language outlet Globes reported on Monday.
The Israeli telecommunications company reported a 40% increase in traffic in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.
Bezeq said the numbers represent an unprecedented change in the way the Internet is used by this audience, whether to learn, study or shop online.
“Faced with the threat of the coronavirus, the Haredi community is undergoing changes in many respects, pushing them to make greater use of numerous digital means,” explained Keren Leizrovitz, VP of the marketing and innovation department at Bezeq.
“Existential needs lead to one of the fastest Internet adoption processes we have ever seen,” she added.
A thorough investigation by Bezeq also indicates that the ultra-Orthodox community will continue to use these tools even after the end of the pandemic, implying “a profound change that will influence the lifestyle of the ultra-Orthodox, and will widen the community's bond with the general population,” said Leizrovitz.
First published: 17:22 , 04.06.20