Vodafone reports 50% rise in internet use as more people work from home

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Vodafone’s internet usage has surged by up to 50% in some European countries as consumers shift to working at home and turn to services such as Netflix because the coronavirus is keeping families indoors. The increase in data comes from a wide range of activities, from children accessing educational material online, playing digital games and […]

BT chief executive Philip Jansen tests positive for coronavirus

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BT’s chief executive, Philip Jansen, has tested positive for coronavirus. The telecoms firm said Jansen had been tested late on Thursday afternoon and was following Public Health England protocols to self-isolate. It is the first publicly confirmed case of a FTSE 100 boss being diagnosed with Covid-19 and the 53-year-old has notified other figures from […]

Calls for emergency taskforce after outages leave Aboriginal communities ‘hungry and forgotten’

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Remote Indigenous communities need a taskforce to coordinate emergencies when telecommunications go down, so people aren’t left without food or help as the Groote archipelago was, the local Aboriginal land council has said. Aboriginal people in the region said they were left “sick, angry, hungry and forgotten” when phones went down for three days. Residents […]

Government knew desperate NT island residents were stealing food after power cuts left them without supplies

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The federal government has admitted it had received reports that desperate people were breaking into houses looking for food, as telecommunications outages left Aboriginal people living on islands off the Northern Territory coast without essential supplies for almost three days last week. The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) told a Senate committee Friday that it […]

Tory MP asks BT if using Huawei complies with anti-slavery policy

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A Conservative MP has asked BT to investigate whether using Huawei is compliant with its anti-slavery policy after an Australian thinktank alleged that some of the Chinese firm’s subcontractors used forced labour from the country’s Muslim minority. Bob Seely, who is one of a group of Tories unhappy with government plans to allow Huawei to […]