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The UK's broadband network is ready to handle the effects of a swine flu epidemic, internet service provider BT has claimed.

Recently, it was reported that a sudden spread of the virus could prompt hundreds of thousands of people to work from home, placing the nation's broadband infrastructure under immense strain.

However, BT has now moved to dismiss fears that arose following a meeting of emergency services in Whitehall, according to the BBC.

"BT's network is in a strong position to cope with the expected demands in home working," the company was quoted as saying.

The news provider reported that analysts have suggested the main problem to arise from a swine flu epidemic - in terms of communications infrastructure - could be that many companies' own systems are not robust enough to serve an influx in remote connections.

On Sunday (July 12th), the Observer reported that the emergency services meeting had also revealed that 40 per cent of businesses have no plans in place to cope with the toll that swine flu could take on their staffing situation.

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