Government warns about Olympic internet problems
Businesses that rely on fast internet speeds and mobile networks should think about taking measures to protect their networks, through the use of leased lines for example, before the Olympics this summer.
This is the advice coming from the government, which has published a new PDF document on the official Games website, outlining the threats to internet connections that could occur during the event.
The document, entitled, Preparing Your Business For The Games, explained, ‘It is possible that internet services may be slower during the Games (PDF) or in very severe cases there may be drop outs due to an increased number of people accessing the internet.’
As a result of these concerns, the government is currently speaking to internet service providers about possible solutions. One may involve introducing caps on the amount of data people can download during the event. The government claims that the cap, which would only be in place during peak times, could help to ensure that services are maintained on an equal footing for all customers. Although nothing has been finalised with ISPs yet, any cap is likely to be met with much anger among those who are not interested in or benefiting from the Games.
Leased line services could particularly help those who are reliant on their service, as the government claims services could be affected despite measures being taken to minimise disruption. The report explains, ‘Additional capacity and coverage for mobile phone networks is being put in around Games venues. 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.’