More than 30 schools have closed across the UK since the outbreak of COVID-19 or coronavirus, along with businesses and GP surgeries. Organisations are evaluating their business continuity and work-from-home plans to accommodate potential quarantine periods.
The World Health Organization has stated that the world needs to prepare. This could be an issue as 20 million UK homes suffer with poor broadband speeds, resulting in thousands of employees being unable to work from home due to poor internet connectivity and mobile signals*.
Up to a fifth of UK workers could be off sick at the same time, according to the Government. This means that the country could almost grind to a halt with hospitals cancelling non-emergency procedures and the police focussing on maintaining public order and the most serious crimes.
What happens when an employee self-isolates and their broadband has a weak connection that prevents them working to their best ability? This is something we explored in a recent blog here: https://www.swcomms.co.uk/blog/article/checklist-can-your-staff-work-from-home/
Many homes have a fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) connection but the problem with FTTC is that it is still broadband and is a contended connection shared with the entire street so an individual household will only receive a fraction of the Mbps advertised. If schools have been closed, then other members of the household will also be using the same internet connection, competing with the amount of Mbps your employee needs to use, especially if family members are playing online games or streaming online content.
If coronavirus reaches a pandemic rate and a fifth of UK workers need to work from home, there is a risk that employees will struggle to operate efficiently. What happens if your workers miss deadlines or lose business due to a poor internet connection?
There is a solution.
While businesses cannot solve their employees’ home broadband issues (aside from issuing individual connectivity boosters), they can ensure that they can access their network with ease. If a business relies on VPN connections for remote working, they can provide suitable bandwidth to allow them to access their files and download them to their homes without it being painfully slow.
We offer many internet solutions to support VPN connections and remote working. A leased line would be ideal, but other business-grade connections would be better than basic broadband.
If you would like to find out more about the internet solutions we offer to support home workers, then please get in touch. I would be glad to assist you during this time.