London Olympics: How 1948 compares to 2012, in photos

London Olympics: How 1948 compares to 2012, in photos

Summary: The technology behind the Olympic Games has changed beyond all recognition since the international sporting event was last held in London, more than 60 years ago


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  • London 1948 switchboard operators

    Switchboard operators at the Corinthian exchange at Wembley.

    To cope with the additional demand in 1948, some 124 phone lines were added at Wembley for the public.

    In contrast, in 2012 the Olympic Park will have full Wi-Fi coverage. Telecoms operators have also been installing additional capacity to make sure that the huge amount of photos sent and video viewed during the Olympics doesn't affect mobile coverage or internet access.

    Image credit: BT Archive

  • London 2012 Technology Operations Centre

    The 2012 Technology Operations Centre (TOC) is home to staff from all the Olympic IT suppliers, with the idea of getting any problems solved quicker by having all tech suppliers working in one location. It will be operated around the clock during the Games.

    Image credit: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • Wembley Post Office, London, Teleprinter Switchboard

    The teleprinter switchboard at Wembley post office, used to send out Olympic results.

    Image credit: BT Heritage

Topics: Networking, Olympics 2012, United Kingdom

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