London 2012 Olympics: Internet ‘meltdown’ warning as experts predict overload

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By
Tara Brady

Last updated at 4:13 PM on 5th February 2012

Britain faces an internet meltdown during the London 2012 Olympic Games due to more people going online. 

In a Government document called Preparing your business for the Games, it warns companies they could lose their internet connection between July 27 and August 12.

Data caps could be introduced during peak times to help ease the pressure. 

Crash: Businesses could face an internet meltdown as more people log on at peak times during the London 2012 Olympic Games

Crash: Businesses could face an internet meltdown as more people log on at peak times during the London 2012 Olympic Games

The document reads: ‘It is possible
that internet services may be slower during the Games or, in very severe
cases, there may be drop-outs due to an increased number of people
accessing the internet.

‘In
addition, internet service providers may introduce data caps during
peak times to try and spread the loading and give a more equal service
to their entire customer base.

‘However, this has not yet been confirmed by these ISPs and we hope to have more information nearer to Games time.’

Mobile phone coverage could also be disrupted, the document warns.

‘Additional capacity and coverage for mobile phone networks is being put in around Games venues,’ it says.

Congestion: It is feared the London 2012 Olympics will cause not only transport disruption but also problems online

Congestion: It is feared the London 2012 Olympics will cause not only transport disruption but also problems online

‘This will overlay the existing coverage provision and existing customers can expect a ‘normal’ service during Games-time.

‘However, at times of peak demand it is unavoidable that mobile networks may be slowed down by higher volumes of traffic.

‘Voice,
email and low-data traffic are unlikely to be affected, but it may be
difficult to download larger content such as files or images.’

The government has encouraged London
businesses to let staff work from home or stagger their shifts to ease
congestion on the transport network during the Games.

But
more people working at home could lead to the risk of them being less
effective due to internet traffic problems, some experts have warned.

Meltdown: The government has encouraged London businesses to let staff work from home but this could add to internet traffic

Meltdown: The government has encouraged London businesses to let staff work from home but this could add to internet traffic

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The Olympics is only of interest to people who like sport and those who have arranged to make lots of money out of it. I don’t know anyone who is in the remotest bit interested in it.

I WILL be using the PUBLIC transport that I’VE paid for in fares and taxes to go to work. I have to do to to earn the money to pay those fares and taxes that have been wasted on these “games”. I might reconsider if Coe pays my REFUND or lays on a VIP BMW for me, or Crowe pays me a £500-£2500 BRIBE NOT to go to work for a few weeks. I WILL also use the Internet whenever I want to, and it won’t be to see any results. Maybe the ordinary public would be more enthusiastic if Coe and his new bigwig mates hadn’t treated us with such contempt and disrespect regarding: nonsense logo and mascots, ballooning budget, allocation and availability of tickets, transport and internet chaos, and even the situation where landlords in East London are evicting existing tenants so they can make a fast buck.

does the dm think poor people from poor countries have the internet?

Will we get a refund on our Broadband bills hahaha. I pay for 10 GB (oops sorry – upto!) but get 1.3 if lucky because I’m rural and too far from the phone exchange. I paid for 1000L of central heating oil last week. The tanker delivered full amounts down the main road and by the time he turned up my lane he could only let me have 130L. Naa, of course not, I’m merely illustrating the stupidity of what phone companies get away with – the only service industry in the country that has such a pricing structure. Rip off.

………………… huge amounts of people ………………… DM wording.
Try “large number of people”……….not huge amounts

I could not care less about the Olympics, not one jot! I DO care about the cost of it all especially since the facilities left after the games are gone will mainly only be enjoyed by those south of Watford.

Ease the congestion, lay on Olympic only transport and stick it in the fast VIP lane, Cap the internet traffic on anything that has Olympic in the text, and put the Olympics on, i-player so any poor soul that misses it because they are working can catch up later, (this will also free up live tv, because not everyone will want to watch it). Charge the Olympic Organisers for all the disruption, they failed to plan for, (how many years did they have to get ready ?).

Something else Coe and Co. forgot about, as well as the transport logistics to/from the games.

Sensationalistic rubbish.

The Olympics is more about making money from construction and media.The sports are a side show.In 200 years will anyone be able to name any winners.Of course not!

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