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Netflix has said it will temporarily reduce the quality of videos on its platform to ease pressure on internet service providers during the coronavirus outbreak. The platform, which is home to shows including Stranger Things and The Crown, will drop the video bit rate for 30 days, following calls from the EU’s European Commissioner for internal market Thierry Breton.
Mobile working is becoming the reality for an increasing number of public sector staff. From paramedics to healthcare workers and police officers, working remotely is part of daily routine for many in the sector. But the threat and impact brought by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has seen many organisations instructing office-based employees to work remotely, i.e., from home, as a way to minimise the risk of infection and spreading of the virus.
Communication and collaboration tool Microsoft Teams suffered problems as people across the UK and Europe work from home due to the coronavirus. The tech giant said it was looking into “messaging-related functionality problems” on the platform just before 9am on Monday. At 10.49am, the firm tweeted that “chat impact has been mitigated”. It comes as a growing number of businesses opt for remote working to avoid spreading Covid-19, as well as universities moving classes online.
Security experts have warned that criminals are using people’s fears over the coronavirus crisis to target victims online. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said “opportunistic” cyber criminals are using the deadly outbreak to launch online attacks. Clicking on to the links on bogus emails which say they have important updates has led to devices being infected.
The investment confirms a pledge by the Conservatives at the election to bring full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business in Britain within five years. Andrew Glover, chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), said the £5 billion promised was “a welcome first step”, but added that the “increased funding alone will not allow the industry to get the job done”. “Broadband rollout is largely privately funded and in order to provide industry with a chance to meet the Government’s 2025 ambition, today’s announcements need to be backed up with further reform on wayleaves, new build legislation, action on street works and further investment into digital and engineering skills,” he said.