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UK broadband companies 'will cope with increased demand'

UK broadband companies are confident they can cope with increased demand for their services.

The broadband infrastructure is set to come under intense pressure as an increasing number of people work from home amid the coronavirus crisis - but internet service providers have contingency plans in place, meaning they should be able to deal with the spike in demand.

Openreach, which runs much of the UK's infrastructure, explained that the network is designed to cope with peak demand.

The company said: "As an example, the Liverpool versus Everton match, which was streamed live by Amazon Prime in December, drove significant peaks in traffic over our network without causing any major issues for our customers."

Howard Watson, BT's chief technology officer, has also expressed confidence in the infrastructure.

He said: "We have more than enough capacity in our UK broadband network to handle mass-scale homeworking.

"Even if the same heavy data traffic that we see each evening were to run throughout the daytime, there is still enough capacity for work applications to run simultaneously."

Meanwhile, Virgin Media revealed it has yet to see any "significant network traffic spikes".

However, the company has put plans in place to to cope with an increase in demand.

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