Olympian Broadband for Stratford’s East Village
May 10, 2012
Infrastructure’s not just about roads and rail links these days. Equally important, especially to businesses and residents, is telecoms infrastructure.
With the Olympic countdown continuing, we take a quick look at the legacy that the herculean telecoms infrastructure project will leave to the future residents of Stratford’s East Village.
During the Games BT, the official communications partner, will be running a high speed broadband and wireless network across 94 locations expected to handle four times the amount of traffic as during the Beijing Games.
The infrastructure will need to be robust enough to carry an estimated 60 gigabytes of information – the equivalent of 3,000 photographs per second – during peak times. It includes 5,500km of internal cabling and 80,000 network connections including 1,800 wireless access points, 16,500 fixed telephone lines and 14,000 mobile SIM cards.
When the Olympics and Paralympics come to an end, some of the wireless installations will be taken down and packed up but the state of the art, high speed Fibre to The Premises (FTTP) broadband network will remain. BT has provided the service to each and every apartment within the Athlete’s Village which, post-games, will provide the lucky residents at East Village with wireless broadband services of up to 100 mbps – speeds worthy of Usain Bolt!
During the Games:
- 16 million people are expected to watch on ‘Live Site’ screenings around the UK
- 1 billion visits to the London 2012 website
- 27,000 media personnel will rely on the network
- 80,000 network connections will be used
- 5,500km of fixed cabling will carry telecoms
- 60 gigabits of information will be transmitted per second
- 19,000 athletes and officials will have 100 mbps broadband access at the village