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 […]

Huawei should get a limited 5G role – the US trade deal can wait | Nils Pratley

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Should Chinese firm Huawei’s kit be banned from the UK’s 5G network? As with HS2, Boris Johnson is guaranteed to end up infuriating one side of the argument. The stakes, though, are substantially higher here, whatever the prime minister says about his hopes for compromise. One route could lead to trade conflict with the US. […]

BT to let sport fans buy monthly pass to watch matches for first time

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BT is to launch a monthly pass allowing sport fans to watch content including Premier League and Champions League football without a contract for the first time, as viewers move away from high-priced, long-term deals towards the flexibility offered by streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix. BT has previously used its portfolio of rights, […]

Does the UK need full-fibre broadband? Just ask the lucky few who have it

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Labour’s plan to offer free full fibre broadband to every home and business is an eye-catching offer to potential voters. But while the scheme has been labelled “fantasy economics” by critics, people who already enjoy ultra-fast broadband view it as invaluable. Like the roll-out of 5G for mobile phones, full-fibre broadband is the much-hyped next […]

Openreach overreach? Labour’s free broadband plan faces hurdles

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Free broadband – indeed, an ultra-fast fibre service delivered to every household and business – sounds a highly popular idea. And Openreach, BT’s broadband division, is a deserving target for nationalisation, one could argue. The watchdog Ofcom has been regularly frustrated over the years by the company’s foot-dragging over the pace of fibre optic roll-out. […]