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5 ways to protect critical digital connectivity during COVID-19

by Derek O'Halloran; Source: World Economic Forum





  • COVID-19 has led to increased demand for internet connectivity.

  • Yet only 53% of the world is connected to the Internet.

  • Here are five ways governments can ensure connectivity in partnership with companies, including promoting network resilience and ensuring access to and affordability of digital services.


COVID-19 has dealt a shock to our world. Large swathes of the global population are living under some restrictions and enforced distancing. We are learning to live differently – to learn, socialize, shop, worship and collaborate differently. And we are doing all of this online.


The role of digital connectivity in our lives has grown over recent years, but never have we been so acutely aware of how critically we depend on it. From getting the latest information and health guidance, to supporting health services, adapting supply chains and sourcing equipment from across the globe – we depend on the ability to connect across distance.


However, we are also learning that we cannot take this connectivity for granted. Critical challenges require immediate action to ensure operational continuity and to ensure availability to the people who need it as the COVID19 wave continues across the globe.


Read full article on World Economic Forum

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