Telecom has been one of the few uplifting notes in this week’s morbid chorus of COVID-19 news. Defying the worriers, networks have coped admirably with a surge in consumption as Europeans have sheltered in their homes.
Only today, the UK’s BT was trumpeting statistics about the resilience of its largely copper-based network. Europe’s networks have also withstood the assault. “We are not currently seeing any major congestion problems,” said Dan Sjöbolm, the chairman of BEREC, a club of European telecom regulators.