COVID-19: News roundup for fibre

Covid-19 is causing severe disruption to our way of life and there’s no way of knowing when the uncertainty is set to end. Data from This is Money by Lloyds Bank shows that over a quarter of Britons work from home and this figure is rising with the increased likelihood of lock down in the coming weeks and months.

Here are some news stories from across the week that display the importance of telecoms and the tenacity and work ethic of the industry’s professionals.

Vodafone has reported a 30% rise in internet traffic across its UK fixed-line and mobile networks. ISP TalkTalk reports a 20% increase in network traffic since MondayMore people are working from home as a result of the corona-virus pandemic putting more demand on the network.

BT has said their residential network would be able to cope with the increased strain with the increased number of people working from home. Video conferencing has increased in use, increased demand of streaming activity due to school closures and increased number of workers online. The telecoms industry has been tipped as a potential beneficiary of the corona virus as more people rely on broadband and smartphones to do their work, which could become a longer-term trend.

It’s still business as usual for Openreach, who are making efforts to ensure the safety of their engineers and the public when making home visitsEngineers will ask residents to stay in different parts of the house and clean surfaces as they carry out their work.

Families may face extra challenges associated with multiple users of wifi, especially if schools close. This may require parents to limit the screen time of children and encourage homework, and upgrade connection speeds. 

Sunak has announced that the government will fulfil its promise to make funding available to develop gigabit broadband roll-out across the UK, and the Government revealed that as part of more than £1 billion that it has already committed to next-generation digital infrastructure. 

 As difficult as the current medical health crisis is, the infrastructure industry is critical to keeping the country running, as are the industry professionals who work in it. The UK’s fibre network incrementally improves with each FTTP project and makes home working and schooling more accessible for the majority. Changes in working habits established in this time may continue even after the crisis is past meaning there will be no shortage of work for the people who make it possible. 

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