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August 28, 2020

America’s Wireless Companies Respond to COVID-19: August 2020 Recap .

America’s Wireless Companies Respond to COVID-19: August 2020 Recap


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses, communities and schools across the country, but the wireless industry continues to stand ready to help as the situation evolves. Here are some of the ways wireless companies lent a virtual hand throughout August:

  • AT&T partnered with IBM to deploy 5G and wireless technologies to help businesses adapt to virtual work environments during COVID-19. AT&T also created guidelines that companies can use to maintain accessible workplaces while navigating a post-COVID-19 world.
  • T-Mobile and Apple partnered with the California Department of Education to donate wireless devices, connecting up to 1 million students in need of wireless access as they begin the next school year from home due to COVID-19.
  • Verizon collaborated with the Texas Education Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to equip more than 21.6 million K-12 students in Texas, Massachusetts and 22 neighboring states with access to distance learning technologies, including 4G LTE Internet access, mobile device management and security solutions.
  • Ericsson is exploring how the pandemic has increased the need for emerging technologies, such as virtual reality, telehealth and autonomous vehicles, and how these innovations will help consumers and businesses in a post-COVID-19 world
  • Intel launched the Creative Learning Connections Initiative to fuel education by providing devices and resources to students in Title I-eligible school districts affected by COVID-19.
  • Qualcomm is providing virtual reality resources to companies offering VR experiences that ease pain, stress, and anxiety in support of the mental wellbeing of doctors, first responders and other COVID-19 frontline workers.
  • Samsung partnered with the Manufacturing Institute to launch “Veteran Reskilling in Today’s Economy,” a digital event featuring veterans, industry leaders and experts to discuss solutions for addressing the rise of veteran unemployment caused by COVID-19.
  • Cisco deployed a remote 311 call center in Buffalo, N.Y. to ensure residents could continue to access government resources during the pandemic.

Now more than ever, wireless is playing a critical role in keeping us connected to our family and friends, our jobs, our schools and our communities, and we are proud of our members and the industry for their tireless efforts in these trying times. We will continue to share our members’ stories here and on the CTIA website.

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