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Britain’s broadband network ‘won’t cope’ with millions of people self-isolating and working from home during the coronavirus crisis, experts warn

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March 11, 2020

Britain’s broadband infrastructure will not be able to cope as millions of people work from home during the coronavirus crisis, experts have warned. 

Many companies have implemented a mandatory work from home policy as a precaution against coronavirus but widespread adoption could lead to internet connectivity issues, experts warn.

The added strain of remote access, video conferencing and the use of VPNs may cause some difficulties for the country’s broadband infrastructure.

The government has predicted that up to a fifth of the UK’s workforce could be sick at one point during the coronavirus peak.

A similar number of people are also expected to stay at home even if they are not infected to avoid catching the disease.

Home broadband, much of which is still reliant on an antiquated copper-wire network, is not set up to cope with the demands of mass internet trading and video conference calls, according to experts.

Technology firms that have high data demands, such as Twitter, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, are also among the companies banning staff from its offices.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 5:18 am

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