7/12/2012 10:08:46 AM
O2 outage 'raises concerns about Olympic capacity'
O2's network outage raises questions about the UK's preparations for the forthcoming Olympic Games, an analyst has claimed.
Steven Hartley, practice leader at Ovum Telecoms Strategy, said the forthcoming Games will put pressure on the UK mobile network infrastructure. He said: 'While UK mobile operators claim to be prepared, they have not yet given indication of the scale of their plans.
'Mobile capacity upgrades at key transport and crowd hotspots will undoubtedly take place before the Games. However, if there is a major public transport failure, the spilling over of people from a location where high network traffic has been anticipated to less well-prepared peripheral cells could prove disastrous.'
Hartley said one problem for operators was that demand is difficult to predict. The BBC's plans to stream live video of 27 different events will lead to a drain on both fixed-line and mobile services. He added: 'We hope that our concerns are unfounded and the Games pass without telecoms incident. Connectivity at the Olympic Park can at least be predicted and planned based on a greenfield implementation of the latest technologies and architectures. However, the UK as a whole must rely on previous investments to carry it through – and these have been less than optimal in the mobile space.'
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