Digital technologies - actions in response to coronavirus pandemic: Telecommunications, networks and connectivity
Telecommunications, networks and connectivity are more vital than ever, with so much of our society confined to their homes and much of the economy depending on them. Networks need to be robust and flexible enough to deal with the additional traffic for working, doing business or e-learning and education online, but also for important social activities: from streaming or gaming to video calls with friends and families. Telecoms data can be a vital source to also trace the spread of coronavirus and as fuel for AI and supercomputers to analyse.
The Commission and the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) have set up a special reporting mechanism to monitor the internet traffic situation in each Member State to be able to respond to capacity issues.