Ofcom seeks consultation over wireless spectrum for London Olympics

Ofcom is consulting over its wireless spectrum management plans for the 2012 London Olympics.

Ofcom is consulting over its wireless spectrum management plans for the 2012 London Olympics.

The close management of wireless spectrum was a condition of the London Olympics bid, to make sure the media, officials, participants and spectators could rely on secure and available wireless links.

The Games are expected to attract around 20,000 accredited media to the UK, who will beam live pictures and commentary around the world.

In addition, the Games will attract over 10 million spectators and nearly 15,000 participants to the 35 competition venues across the UK. This will require wireless communications for logistics to ensure the smooth and seamless operation of the event, said Ofcom.

As part of London's bid, the Government guaranteed that spectrum would be allocated for the organisation of the Games. An Ofcom discussion document published today looks at the various demands for spectrum in preparation for and during the six week period of the Games.

Ofcom planned and managed the spectrum requirements for the start of the 2007 Tour de France, which set off from London in July. It intends to build on this experience as well as identify lessons from other events in planning for the London Olympics.

Ofcom aims to consult on a full spectrum plan for the London Games following the Beijing Olympics, which start in August 2008.

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