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How well will our tech cope with working from home during coronavirus crisis?

Adrian Weckler


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Mobile broadband signal may not be as good at home as in the office

Mobile broadband signal may not be as good at home as in the office

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Mobile broadband signal may not be as good at home as in the office

Is Covid-19 a once in a lifetime tech test? Will we all hammer broadband and mobile networks into a buffering mess? Can our creaky laptops and iPhone 6S handsets cope with sparky Microsoft Teams and its incessant pinging?

Without the discipline of a dull desktop PC with its content restrictions, will we get lost down endless rabbit-holes of soap actors' Wikipedia entries and YouTube clips from the A-Team?

More seriously, might 'social distancing' disproportionately hurt those who are already isolated and, if so, can tech do anything about it?