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Broadband ISP Execs Join BT CEO in Self Isolation for COVID-19

Sunday, Mar 15th, 2020 (11:27 am) - Score 4,841
A girl in a protective medical mask at work. Viral disease. Epidemic.

The bosses of several other UK broadband ISPs and organisations, including Gigaclear, Cityfibre and Openreach among others, have now gone into self-isolation at home for at least 7 days after meeting the CEO of BT Group, Philip Jansen, last week. Initially it was thought that this only effected the chiefs of major mobile operators.

BT’s CEO, Philip Jansen, sadly tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on Thursday afternoon (here) and at the time it was widely reported that he had recently met with the UK Culture Secretary (Oliver Dowden MP), including the leaders of O2, Vodafone and Three UK. According to recent research, symptoms of the virus could appear as soon as 3 days after exposure to as long as 13 days later (the virus can still be spread before symptoms show).

Unfortunately we’ve since learnt that BT’s CEO had also held another round table meeting prior to the one with mobile chiefs, which sources told ISPreview.co.uk included Matt Warman MP (UK Digital Minister) and the bosses of several major broadband providers including Gigaclear, Cityfibre, Openreach, Hyperoptic, KCOM and Virgin Media. Ofcom’s new CEO, Dame Melanie Dawes, is also alleged to have been in attendance.

At the time of writing we’ve been able to confirm that the meeting did take place and that the bosses of Cityfibre (Greg Mesch), Gigaclear (Gareth Williams) and Openreach (Clive Selley) are all following the guidance by self-isolating at home as a precautionary measure. Due to the weekend we have not yet been able to get a response from the others, but we assume that they, like the mobile chiefs, are being sensible and following the same advice from Public Health England (PHE).

So far none of those who attended either of the meetings have fallen ill, although it’s unclear whether they’ve all been tested. All intend to be back at work once their isolation period has ended. We wish all of those who may contract the virus the best for a hopefully speedy recovery. Sadly we all have to do things differently for awhile and there’s no escaping the significant disruption that will inevitably cause.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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8 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Marty says:


    1. Avatar photo Archie says:

      Too right. This isn’t news.

    2. Mark-Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      As I always say to those who find the time to click on a news item that doesn’t interest them, read the item that doesn’t interest them and then somehow find the time to comment on the item that doesn’t interest them.. just to say it doesn’t interest them 🙂 . You’re on an information site that is dedicated toward covering all things broadband and mobile related, both for the industry and consumers alike. If you aren’t interested then simply don’t read the story.

  2. Avatar photo Mark says:

    I deduced that Philip Jansen must have had a meeting with somebody from Huawei?

    1. Avatar photo CarlT says:

      I can’t say I follow your logic on that one however I rarely follow your logic in your posts so just keeping it consistent 🙂

  3. Avatar photo common sense says:

    2003 – OMG SARS will kill us all! 2005 – OMG Bird flu will kill us all! 2014 – OMG Ebola will kill us all! 2016 – OMG Zika will kill us all! 2020 – OMG Corona virus will kill us all!…blah blah blah

    Take Vitamin C, Turn off the Unsocial Media & Propaganda and in a few months nobody will give a shit about this so called “disease”, that isn’t one, its viral, so take/eat antiviral’s simple!

    1. Avatar photo Alex says:

      Anyone who has been claiming that COVID-19 will kill us all is wrong.

      However… in no way, shape or form does that imply that it’s not serious. It is. It’s going to kill a lot of people, and if we botch our response then it’s going to kill a lot more people.

      Sitting there going “just eat antiviral’s [sic]” is very much botching it.

  4. Avatar photo common sense says:

    sitting back and not improving your immunity is botching it, and the media calling anyone talking about vitamin c “fake news” is also botching it, and if you think me suggesting that taking preventative measures now is botching it, you may as well go back to sleep.

    so far its mostly elderly people, and it just so happens that they eat less and its mostly convenience food if they do, drink less water, and no doubt are probably taking between 5-10 toxic medications, Don’t even eat 2 of the 5 a day recommended, never mind 5, and are less likely to be taking any sort of vitamin supplement in their restricted and/or poor diet.

    I never said it wasn’t serious, which is why anyone with half a brain cell would be well advised to take measures now, especially anyone with autoimmune conditions, such as myself or other underlying conditions, I for one, Wont be waiting.

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