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ISPA warns of Olympics broadband headache

Wednesday, March 21st 2012 by Paul France
Olympics to cause broadband snarl-up, warns ISPA

London 2012 could cause a "massive hit" on broadband infrastructure, according to the ISPA.

The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has warned that the upcoming Olympic Games will place a major strain on the UK's broadband networks.

Speaking to the Associated Press, ISPA treasurer James Blessing highlighted the possible impact of the international sporting event on broadband services, commenting: "There is the potential for a massive hit on the infrastructure."

One of the most significant drivers of the expected increase in bandwidth will be the BBC, which is planning to stream coverage of the Games via its website.

According to the broadcaster, the online coverage will generate one terabit of traffic per second, equivalent to 60,000 people downloading a full high-definition movie every minute.

Mr Blessing claimed this figure is up to ten times greater than the BBC's normal output.

He went on to warn of the impact of 20 people in an office each running a live stream on their computer, commenting: "20 live streams at 1[Mbps] each - that's your entire broadband capacity wiped out."

Last year, managed services provider inTechnology claimed 28 per cent of people in the UK plan to keep up with the action from London 2012 by watching online.

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