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BT to offer free 100Mbps fibre broadband in Olympic Village

Friday, September 2nd 2011 by Paul France
Free BT fibre broadband to be rolled out in Olympic Village

Around 19,000 athletes and officials staying in the village will be given free fibre broadband access.

BT has unveiled plans to roll out fibre optic broadband with speeds of up to 100Mbps to the Olympic Village ahead of London 2012.

An agreement between the telecoms giant, the International Olympic Committee and the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) means around 19,000 athletes and officials staying in the east London district will be given free access to ultra-fast speeds.

Approximately 2,800 apartments in the village will be connected to BT's fibre-to-the-premises service. With just under a year until the start of the Games, around 75 per cent of the necessary communications infrastructure has already been installed.

Furthermore, all 550 athletes and officials based at the Olympic Sailing Venue on the Isle of Portland, near Weymouth, will receive free access to broadband with maximum download speeds of 40Mbps.

LOCOG chair Seb Coe said: "The athletes are at the heart of all our plans, so providing simple home comforts such as broadband is something that we have always been keen to do."

The news comes days after BT announced as many as 365,000 properties in 27 exchange areas of the capital will be hooked up to its fibre broadband service over the coming weeks.

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