The global Covid-19 pandemic is resulting in massive disruption to working practices, with many companies closing down their offices and requesting that their employees work from home. This sudden change is putting a strain on communications networks and cloud services – not only with work-related file transfers and video conferences, but also a rise in OTT entertainment service usage as vast numbers of consumers are instructed to self-isolate. Are our networks able to cope with the increase in capacity and can quality of service levels be maintained? After years of moving away from a reliance on “unprofitable” connectivity investments and towards digital services provision, have we written off the value of connectivity too soon? With the Covid-19 crisis set to continue for the foreseeable future and with CSPs faced with an extraordinary situation and responsibility, what are the best strategies to now adopt?
Neil McRae, Managing Director Architecture & Technology Strategy and BT Chief Architect, BT
Keri Gilder, Chief Commercial Officer, Colt
Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier
Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK
Filmed using the TelecomTV Smart Studio service, May 2020