Working from home is the new normal for millions of people worldwide. Yet data shows that 6 in 10 users do not have internet connections fast enough for smooth telework. Has the pandemic deepened the digital divide?
Elia Merguet began working as an external consultant for a German federal ministry in Berlin in summer 2020, months after the coronavirus pandemic had begun. “I worked almost entirely from home from the beginning,” he says. Yet, working from his kitchen table in Berlin’s Wedding district turned out to be harder than expected. “I have actually already moved house since I’ve been in Berlin — and I had Internet problems in both places.”
Merguet explains that the problems were not as extensive as in Hanover where he lived previously, but still made doing his job hard.