The UK’s internet infrastructure will be able to cope with the increased demand during the Olympic Games, according the British Government. It says it has undertaken efforts to address the extra demand.
The Cabinet Office had previously advised businesses to prepare contingency plans in case ISP’s experienced failures or imposed download limits.
A Government spokesman told the BBC that steps by broadband and mobile network operators to increase capacity had eased their initial fears of problems arising:
"The situation has moved on considerably since the advice for businesses was published," he said.
"We do not now believe there is likely to be any impact on the UK internet infrastructure during the Olympic Games.
"We are still advising companies to speak to their internet service providers about the internet capacity within their buildings.
"If a significant number of employees were to watch the live streaming of an event, it could significantly slow a company’s network speed if there is not enough network capacity available."
British Telecom also told the BBC that they, along with the other ISP’s, had undertaken a lot of work to prepare for the games.
"We have done a huge amount of capacity planning work, which has included reviewing and learning from events like the World Cup, royal wedding and America’s Super Bowl.
"As a result we’ve built a capacity model for our core broadband networks and we’ve brought forward investment and capacity increases to meet the anticipated extra demand.
"On top of the extra planning and investment, we’ve also installed more than 475,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Greater London."
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