UK telco BT smashed several connectivity records during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including record delivery levels of daily video traffic and Internet traffic on its UK retail broadband network.
During the summer, the UK’s mobile operator community got to hone its skills on real time network performance management, when ten million visitors descended on the country’s capital for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This summer’s Olympic Games represented a huge undertaking for UK operators faced with the challenge of delivering mobile coverage to ten million visitors across the Olympic Park and associated venues.
UK broadcaster the BBC delivered a staggering 2.8Pb (petabytes) of content in a single day during its coverage of the Olympics, peaking at a rate of 700Gbps as cyclist Bradley Wiggins took gold.
UK operator O2 suffered a network outage Wednesday afternoon that ran into Thursday morning, leaving hundreds of thousands of customers incensed, with many voicing their grievances via Twitter. Although the service has now been restored, the outage does not bode well for how the UK’s networks will cope with the influx of visitors to London expected later this month for the Olympic Games.
At the recent Roaming World Congress hosted by IIR an animated panel session highlighted a number of challenges and opportunities imminent in the forthcoming London Olympics. These Olympics have been heralded as a major opportunity for medals to be won and sport to be celebrated but there are also a number of reasons to celebrate the games as a major driver for mobile roaming.
With London’s 2012 Olympic Games weeks away, The Informer has been taking some time to read up on its history, and it seems that parallels can be drawn in the telecoms industry with the times that the Olympians first battled it out in Ancient Greece.
UK regulator Ofcom has outlined plans to temporarily use spectrum from the public sector to cope with increased demand for airwaves during the London 2012 Olympics.