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Experts are warning that London’s internet speed may not keep pace with the athletes competing at the 2012 games.  The 2012 Olympics, already being hailed as the ‘Twitter Games’ due to the popularity of the social networking site Twitter when it comes to people covering live events via tweets, might cause a deluge of data that servers could fail to cope with.

The expected amount of bandwidth potentially swallowed up by the millions of people tweeting about the games could be put under further strain if employers allow employees to stream events live in their offices. James Blessing of ISPA said, “The average connection speed for small and medium business is unlikely to allow every employee to stream the Olympics to their desk.”

In a bid to cope with the expected surge, some internet providers are considering using technology to manage the networks, especially at peak times to ensure that access is not compromised completely for all users.

A spokeperson for Vodaphone said that it is likely to be a struggle to keep up with demand especially for mobile data, saying “This summer it’s going to be the equivalent of England playing in the World Cup final on Christmas Day, every day for the 17 days of the Games.”

Another concern is the sheer volume of video that will be streamed via the internet by BBC. The corporation has plans in place to offer live coverage for an unprecedented 24 locations as well as the usual three channels of edited content.


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