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From computers to communities: how remote technology will transform rural neighbourhoods

One year into the pandemic, and the way we live, work and play looks vastly different from anything we have previously experienced. Overnight, we received orders to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS. Business leaders and public sector organisations across the country were faced with the challenge of transitioning their workforces to online and remote working, virtually without notice. Retail and hospitality – amongst many other industries – closed shop immediately, faced with their own uncertainty of what the future would hold. And the healthcare industry was confronted by the most catastrophic pandemic seen in a generation. No matter where you worked, what industry you worked in, or what your work environment looked like, the Covid-19 pandemic flipped it on its head.

The sudden change raised questions; can we do it? Will our network infrastructure hold up? Will this help or hinder productivity? How will we juggle work/life commitments? Now that we’re well into the pandemic, those questions – and the limitations and befits of remote working – are clearer. Yes, we can do it. And although we witnessed unprecedented demands on the network, it only reinforced the resilience of our network to manage such levels of traffic. And there’s been no downfall in productivity due to home working, with majority of workers in multiple studies say they’re just as productive at home.

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Philip Baulch is Technology Director at BT Enterprise

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