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COVID-19 crisis will lead to permanent changes for telecoms industry

The COVID-19 pandemic took center stage in the mobile industry world when it caused the cancellation of Mobile World Congress, which should have been running three weeks ago. Since then, it has become clear that the industry, like the rest of the global economy, is facing a far bigger threat than the cancellation of one event, however large. With many cities and countries in lockdown; a huge rise in home working; and blanket bans on travel and live events, the whole pattern of working has changed, for now at least. Unlike most industries, there is some upside for telecoms, mainly driven by the increased demand for good connectivity for home workers and for people confined to their homes with Netflix…

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