Midland Internet Services provider Internet Central has seen a sudden increase in demand in the aftermath of the swine flu pandemic.
The Keele-based firm says both local business and consumers are contacting them for additional or new broadband services as they gear up for the possibility of more employees having to work from home as companies put emergency plans into place.
The company says ADSL2+, which provides increased bandwidth and greater stability, is particularly in demand for connecting home workers to the office.
At a recent Whitehall meeting of emergency services and business chiefs it was reported that more than a third of Britain’s businesses have no response plans at all for dealing with the pandemic but Internet Central says that local companies seem to be responding.
Dave Thorpe, director of operations at Internet Central, said: “Doctors have warned that rates of infection are reaching epidemic levels in London and the West Midlands and it was reported that several million people could become ill with either seasonal flu or swine flu by the end of the year.
“Schools could close and transport and other vital services, such as GP surgeries, could be put under severe strain. Businesses need to think about how this would impact on their day to day running.
“In the last week alone demand for our broadband services and our support services has increased significantly as local businesses are now putting plans in place to cope with the effects of swine flu on their business.”