Everyone is adjusting to this new reality, and in the telecom and internet infrastructure world they are dealing with not just protecting their employees but meeting the demand caused by behavioral changes. Sometimes it's an opportunity, but sometimes it's a scramble to keep things online. Here are two of the first, and one of the second from this week so far:
Seaborn and EdgeUno are deepening their relationship in order to meet the challenge of COVID-19. The two are working together to offer 90 days of free internet connectivity across their combined infrastructure to non-profits, educational programs, governments, healthcare providers, and NGOs. EdgeUno focuses on data center and cloud infrastructure in Latin America, while Seaborn focuses on bandwidth between North and South America.
Vonage has introduced a set of free services to help people and organizations get by in this newly virtual environment. The offers include three months of business communications services to enterprises and especially educational, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations, free video conferencing capabilities to everyone, an SMS alert capability, and a whole lot of information about how to use things like this.
But UK mobile networks don't have time to offer free stuff, their infrastructure has been struggling to keep up with demand from home workers. Issues arose with multiple company's networks this week, with the latest being Virgin Mobile yesterday morning. Before we judge UK providers too harshly, I have a feeling we'll be seeing this sort of thing happen in other geographies over the next few weeks. With 5G not quite here yet, the wireless last mile is surely going to be the bottleneck we put the most stress on under these conditions.
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