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Lockdowns and working from home during the pandemic has significantly affected viewing patterns . With Test & Monitor essential to consumer QoE , have sector players faced additional challenges ? Euromedia found out from a range of players how they have responded , as well as continuing to enable their broadcaster and service provider clients to maintain market share and protect revenue .
The latest FTTH Forecasts for 2020 and 2026 have been revealed , showing a massive surge to around 202m homes passed for FTTH / B ( Fibre to the Home / Building ) in 2026 in EU27 + UK .
Meanwhile , increases in both co-commissions between traditional broadcasters and SVoDs , and in sole commissions , drove investment in British TV drama to a record £ 2.6 billion (€ 2.85bn ) last year , according to a new report commissioned by COBA , the industry association for commercial broadcasters and on-demand services .
With the UK still beset by lockdowns , mobile network benchmarking firm Global Wireless Solutions ( GWS ) has released the results of its latest major study into real-life consumer experiences of home Internet connections , which uncovers evidence of a stark ‘ digital divide ’ in the UK .
Finally , Ericsson projects that four out of every 10 mobile subscriptions in 2026 will be 5G , with the November 2020 Ericsson Mobility Report estimating that by the end of 2020 , more than 1 billion people – 15 % of the world ’ s population – will live in an area that has 5G coverage rolled out .
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