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Demand concerns for planned London 2012 Wi-Fi network

Wednesday, October 12th 2011 by Paul France
Concerns voiced over demand for free Olympic Wi-Fi access

London's planned Wi-Fi network may not be able to cope during the Olympics.

BT may not be able to keep up with demand for its planned open wireless broadband network in London during next year's Olympics, according to Gerry Pennell, the chief information officer for London 2012.

Mr Pennell is working closely with the telecoms giant on proposals for the Wi-Fi service at Stratford's Olympic Park, reports Computer Weekly.

The organisers are collaborating with BT and network operators in a bid to ensure the capital's mobile infrastructure is able to provide a strong level of service, he explained.

But he admitted: "There will always be moments in any sporting event when demand is so huge that not everybody can get access."

His comments come shortly after it emerged that six companies have been shortlisted to deliver free Wi-Fi access around London during the Games.

Speaking to eWEEK Europe UK, a spokesman from Westminster City Council explained six bidders are in the running for a long-term contract to build the wireless broadband infrastructure, with the winner set to be announced in November.

It is believed that BT, O2, Sky and Virgin Media are among the applicants to install the network.

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