London 2012 brought record broadband traffic levels, BT says

The company, which was the official communications services partner for the Olympics and Paralympics, has released statistics about the impact of the events on its retail and on-site networks.

BT's retail broadband network saw its highest traffic levels ever on the day that the British Olympic team won the first of its medals, the ISP has said.

Olympic stadium
BT has said its network at the Olympic Park carried 1,150 terabytes of information in total during the London 2012 Games. Image: LOCOG

BT was the communications services partner for the Olympics and Paralympics, providing a single network for the entire event, as well as the largest high-density Wi-Fi network. On Tuesday it revealed a series of statistics surrounding the Games.

Apart from that traffic record on 29 July, BT said it also saw an average 19-percent boost in daily video traffic throughout the event schedule, with a peak during Bradley Wiggins's cycling time trial victory.

BT also said its network at the Olympic Park had carried 1,150 terabytes of information in total, with peak traffic at 6.71Gbps. The network spanned 94 locations serving organisers and media, and the provider made great play of the fact that Beijing Games had used three providers and offered less capacity.

Sustainability played a part too. According to BT, an artificial intelligence tool of the provider's called NetDesign help cut down on equipment requirements by a tenth, while a new carbon footprinting methodology also saw its first major outing at the Games.

"We are incredibly proud to have been at the heart of the Games and to have delivered the essential communications services and infrastructure that supported such a successful Olympics and Paralympics," BT chief executive Ian Livingston said in a statement.

The company has started passing on its experiences as part of the 'technology transfer' to the organisers and tech partners of the Rio 2016 Games, it said.


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