Working from Home Tests Broadband
UK broadband operators say there is sufficient network capacity to cope with increased usage as many work from home.
21:38 19 March 2020
The UK government has asked employees to work from home whenever possible amidst the coronavirus crisis. The move raises the question as to whether the UK’s ageing broadband network will be able to cope with increased usage in the coming days or weeks as more people also self-isolate and turn online.
UK broadband operators have since assured the public that there is sufficient network capacity to cope with spikes in usage. However, it remains unclear if users will experience a slowdown in their ability to connect especially those who are sharing WiFi in one location, such as families with multiple users.
As the coronavirus crisis is not expected to go any time soon, broadband connectivity becomes vital not just for workers who need to access information and colleagues remotely but also people who wish to make contacts with friends and relatives. This may encourage more people to upgrade to fibre broadband.
Fibre provides fast, reliable speeds when compared to older copper wire connections. This is ideal for users who require uninterrupted and reliable service for their video conferencing, cloud access and other digital technology requirements.