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London Olympics Could Destroy The Internet

Daily Mail headline!

Businesses are being warned that the country’s internet may be slow to the point of stopping during the Olympics. The official advice in ‘Preparing your Business for the Games’ states:

It is possible that internet services may be slower during the Games or, in very severe cases, there may be dropouts due to an increased number of people accessing the internet.

Furthermore, the document states that service providers

may introduce data caps during peak times to try to spread the loading and give a more equal service to their entire customer base.

Kathryn Hurt, head of projects for MWB Business Exchange, said ‘There’s been a lot of discussion about traffic hotspots, but very little about potential internet traffic problems. The risk is that home workers are unable to work effectively due to over-capacity.’

Our advice: don’t try and play online when the women’s beach volleyball is on.

Source: The Observer

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27 Comments
  1. 3shirts
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    “Don’t try and play online when the women’s beach volleyball is on” – So you are saying we should just play with ourselves?

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:17.
  2. halbpro
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Mar 2009

    Interesting. I would expect similar (or even worse) issues to crop up around Euro 2012 as well. Demand for VOD services has scaled far faster than the capacity and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of effect these peeks have.

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:19.
    • Bankzy108
      Member
      Since: Sep 2009

      Why? Euro 2012 is in Poland/Ukraine not this country so how will that affect us? Olympics I can understand but not Euro 2012.

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:29.
      • blarty
        Member
        Since: Apr 2011

        Upload or download it’s all through the same servers – the more people going through uplinks to the same places/sites at the same time increases contention ratio and often makes servers fall over. The advantage with major tournaments is that there’s generally many geographically and ISP dispersed streams that keeps traffic from being too horrendous.

        For the Olympics, I doubt it will affect many in the UK – even though there’s likely to be a lot of upstreaming, most people in the UK and nearer European countries, will watch it on traditional TV, so I think there will be little local downstreaming of footage, although it couldcause slight delays and bottlenecks on the international uplinks.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:03.
      • tonycawley
        Pint! Pint!
        Since: Feb 2009

        Lol, what on earth are you going on about?

        The Olympics will effect us in England because of all the tourists accessing the internet while they’re here for the games. Contention ratios? Huh?

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 20:52.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      my guess? it’ll be high for a week or two, then england will be out and it’ll die down. ^_^

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:22.
  3. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    The story does say ‘in certain areas’. Maybe only Londoners need to worry?

    The comments in the article about public transport made me laugh. My girlfriend’s employer has already said they expect everyone to be in on time during the Olympics, I know a few others who have been told the same, the trains are going to be carnage! But will operators put extra trains on? Nuuooo. F***ing Southwest Trains, grrr.

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:48.
    • blackredyellow
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      Trains are carnage as it is!

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:00.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        True! I’m glad I can drive to work in grubby Southampton :)

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:18.
    • Uhyve
      Member
      Since: Sep 2008

      I believe that the “Internet backbone” in the UK runs directly through London, which is kind of stupid, and kind of contrary to how the Internet is meant to be designed. So I mean, it could effect the entire country if there was enough stress, which I doubt.

      In fact, yes, that’s how the Internet is structured in the UK:
      http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/m.dodge/cybergeography/atlas/uunet_uk_new_small.gif

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 16:42.
  4. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Could be just London though?

    Would it?

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 14:59.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Well some of us live in London. #Posh

      Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:36.
      • colossalblue
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        did you just hashtag a comment reply?

        and you used to do nothing but moan about Twitter :D

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:51.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        i was thinking, twitter could well go into meltdown during the olympics, this’ll be the first one where it’s been pretty much omnipresent, like it seems to be now, won’t it?

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 17:30.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        I’ve admitted I may of possibly been to harsh on Twitter.

        You may remember my comment was that it was full of people posting what the had for lunch. As Hideo Kojima posts EVERY single meal he has, I still stand by arguement.

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 17:59.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        Hypocrite! ;) I think i’ve seen you use a lot of Hashtags on twitter, TC.

        If Twitter dies during the olympics, i will do a Dan lee and spray paint my poo on Big Ben. Twitter keeps me from doing that atm. :op

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 18:55.
      • Sympozium
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        what?! how could you….

        Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 22:00.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        There is a reason why i’m known as the TSA general/resident/CEO/VP loony Symp. ;)

        Comment posted on 09/02/2012 at 10:41.
  5. blackredyellow
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Oh dear. I hope the Olympics is a success all round. Things like this may easily taint it for some.

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:00.
  6. philbert8
    The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
    Since: Sep 2010

    Like when the National Grid have to flip a switch just after the Queens speech. It’s the Millennium Bug back from the dead, run to the hills!

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:39.
  7. YOURMUMANDME
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Tuffcub mate, you’ll be the only person on here not watching womens beach vollyball!

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 15:52.
  8. Amphlett
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Women’s beach volleyball in the English summer? It’ll likely pour down and turn in to a wet T-shirt event…

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 16:13.
  9. AddictedAndy
    PS3Addict
    Since: Oct 2008

    Until yesterday I worked in an MWB building. About 25 companies with a shared 2MB connection. Kathryn Hurt should sort her own bandwidth out and worry less about everyone else’s!

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 17:35.
  10. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    So much for using the net to ignore the olympics this summer then. :( I hope those who are self employed won’t end up losing income due to this. :S

    Comment posted on 08/02/2012 at 19:00.

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