One in 10 claim to have sat in a store cupboard to work from home

Nearly one in 10 adults claim they have had to sit in a store cupboard while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The reasons given in the study, conducted on behalf of EE, were to get peace and quiet or the limited range of their current home WiFi.

The study of 2,000 adults also found that 14 per cent of those living in London have had to work from their bathroom to get online during lockdown.

More than a third said they have rearranged a room to make the background look better before going on a video call with almost one in 10 using a virtual backdrop to disguise where they are working from.

The research was commissioned by EE to launch its new Smart WiFi home broadband service, which is designed to boost coverage in every room of a customer’s home.

It also revealed one in three adults have rooms in their house that aren’t covered by their current WiFi router. Young adults were most likely to tamper with the router, with more than half of those aged between 18-24 years old moving it around in order to benefit their connection. However, only 23 per cent of those over 55 would bother trying to move the router to improve it.

And 18-24-year-olds were also the most likely to move items around in the background of their camera view to make their calls look nicer. The same age group were most likely to be working in their bedroom during lockdown – and were most affected by a poor connection due to their limited options of where to work.

Sharon Meadows, director of propositions at EE, said: “With even greater numbers of customers and devices connecting to the internet, Smart WiFi will help eliminate those areas in the home where it’s hard to get coverage and enable customers to make the most out of being connected – whether it’s in a new extension, attic room or even the basement”.

The new Smart WiFi home solution includes a new Smart Router and Smart WiFi Discs, with each disc supporting up to 60 devices so WiFi not reaching rooms and having to move to be closer to the router will be a thing of the past.

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