Broadband outages triple as almost 15M Brits suffer in the past year

Nearly 15 million Brits suffered a major broadband outage during a year when reliable connectivity has never proved to be so vital.

Video meetings, checking in with loved ones, purchasing essentials, awkward virtual quizzes, getting help when needed, and keeping updated on the latest advice and developments all required a dependable internet connection.

However, research from Uswitch found that broadband outages have tripled in the last year.

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Nokia will continue flexible working post-COVID following survey

Nokia will continue offering flexible working opportunities for its employees following a company-wide survey.

More flexible working was a growing trend long before COVID-19 hit as people seek to avoid the cost, time, and mental fatigue associated with long commutes, make it more feasible to live further outside of major cities (avoiding the rocketing house and rent prices of inner-cities), and balance commitments such as childcare. For businesses, it reduces the need for large...

Virgin Media O2 gives small businesses a broadband speed boost

Virgin Media O2 is giving small businesses a broadband speed boost to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a rough year for most businesses, Virgin Media and O2 received some rare good news in May when the Competition and Markets Authority cleared a £31 billion merger between the industry giants.

Virgin Media O2 is now helping small businesses that likely didn’t have such good fortunes over the past year by boosting the upload speeds of customers using its...

Tim Berners-Lee: Improve connectivity of the young to ‘build a better world’ post-COVID

World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee is using the 32nd birthday of his invention to call for a global push to improve the connectivity of the young post-COVID.

In a blog post today, as part of the #WebChampions campaign, Berners-Lee celebrates the young people who are stepping up to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges from COVID-19, to inequality, to climate change.

https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1370331794789130240

However, many...

Vodafone calls for cybersecurity policies to support the recovery of SMEs

Vodafone is calling on the government to support the pandemic recovery of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by introducing new cybersecurity policies.

According to a report (PDF) commissioned by Vodafone and published today, almost a quarter of SMEs – representing around 1.3 million businesses – claim they would not be able to continue operating following a cyberattack.

The report’s findings show how many SMEs have been left teetering following the...

Ofcom pushes back 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has pushed back its upcoming 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19.

The latest spectrum auction was due to be held this month. However, with just a week left until the end of January, Ofcom issued the following statement this morning saying that it would be pushed back:

“Throughout our planning for the auction we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus situation.

Following a pause in the auction process, we are now planning for...

Asavie: Telecoms sector reports being targeted most by cyberattacks

A study conducted by Asavie into the challenges presented by COVID-19 to businesses has found that cyberattacks are the leading concern.

While an increase in home working has opened up new opportunities and productivity benefits, it’s also added new security challenges. Hackers are taking advantage of security gaps.

30 percent of the businesses in the study declared that enabling remote work and secure VPNs was a challenge. Many employees have become their own IT...

Verizon partners with the NFL to offer live viewing parties and AR replays

Verizon has partnered with the NFL to offer live viewing parties and AR replay features during the season which kicks off today.

Like everything this year, football will be very different courtesy of COVID-19.

The draft was held virtually for the first time. Between August 30th and September 5th, there were 44,510 tests administered to a total of 8,349 players and team personnel. Many teams have even created “bubbles” to prevent COVID-19 ruining their chances at...

Twitter admits it was overzealous on ‘5G causes COVID-19’ fact-checking

Twitter stepped up to call out the "5G causes COVID-19" conspiracy theories, but admits it was a bit overzealous in doing so.

Most conspiracy theories are relatively harmless and you can just roll your eyes and scroll on. However, the fear around COVID-19 has led to people taking some truly stupid actions.

If you're immersed in the wonderful world of social media, then you've probably seen the videos of people burning cell towers – many of which aren't even 5G. You can...

Over 2,000 complaints were sent to the FCC relating to COVID-19

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has revealed that the telecoms regulator has received over 2,000 complaints relating to COVID-19.

Speaking to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, Pai said the FCC has received around 2,200 complaints relating to the pandemic. Of the complaints, around 1,400 have received a response so far.

Approximately 500 of the complaints were specifically filed under the Keep Americans Connected pledge which the FCC announced in response to the...