Firms still need more information about Olympics broadband impact
A survey of London businesses by ZDNet UK found that most said they were still in the dark about potential broadband connection limitations during the Olympics.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOGOC) has officially warned firms that they could experience broadband connection limitation during the event, but most have no more details than this. This is despite the fact that the Games are now just three months away.
LOGOC’s official document on the subject, stated, ‘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.’
It also warned that some internet service providers may cap the use of the internet if consumption becomes too high in some areas. It ended stating: ‘This has not yet been confirmed by these ISPs, and we hope to have more information nearer to Games time.’
Many businesses operating in the capital are now starting to wonder how much ‘nearer the Games time’ LOGOC are going to leave it before they get some details.
Speaking the ZDNet UK, a spokesperson for LOGOC said it had no input in whether there will be any data caps or service limitations. However, it is working with the government to try to help businesses prepare for the event.
Many businesses are taking the public sector’s lead and preparing for staff to work from home over the Olympics in order to minimise disruption in terms of broadband connections and transport issues. Part of the preparation for this will be to ensure that staff will be able to access their networks at home and more information is also needed for this.
The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) claims that there may be some ISPs resorting to traffic management, but it is confident the networks as a whole will be “able to cope.”
Businesses in the capital that are concerned about traffic management and their broadband connections during the Olympics could benefit from leased line services.