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September 2012

Olympic Games 2012: Preparing for a mobile data deluge

This year’s Olympic Games in London have been touted as the most connected in history.  With an estimated one billion people set to watch the events and millions more expected to log on to keep track of all the action, all aspects of connectivity had to be examined in the lead-up to the event. But the real difference with London 2012 is the mobile aspect.  The increase in adoption of smartphones and tablets over the past four years has been enormous, and the number of devices that will be used to access Games coverage has posed a huge challenge for the organisers. There is little they could do about the connections of mobile networks around the world but, when it came to the Olympic venues themselves, mobile operators have been hard at work with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to make the experience as seamless as possible for visitors. A report published today by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) gave us a behind the scenes glimpse of the planning involved.     Data traffic of Olympic proportions Planning ...

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