‘After Boris Johnson’s Zoom call, all hell broke loose’: inside the world’s favourite video app

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On 6 January, a day after the World Heath Organization first reported a strange cluster of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, a party invitation dropped online. “Mark your calendars”, read the invite sent out by Zoom, a video-conferencing company based in California, “for Zoomtopia 2020!” Innocently enough, Zoom was announcing a real-world get-together for its […]

Working from home fuels surge in BT sign-ups for UK’s fastest broadband

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BT has seen a near-70% surge in customers switching to next-generation full-fibre broadband as the working-from-home revolution prompts people to upgrade to the fastest internet connection available. The company said the number of sign-ups for full fibre broadband, which enables users to download a hi-definition TV show in 15 seconds instead of the typical three […]

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 […]

Fibre-to-node NBN users often not getting speeds they’re paying for, watchdog says

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Australia’s competition regulator has said many people on fibre-to-the-node NBN connections are not able to get the speeds they are paying for, with nearly a quarter of people on higher-tier speeds found to have underperforming connections. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report for broadband speeds, released on Wednesday, showed similar average download-speed results for […]