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6GBps Olympic Park Broadband Network a Model for UK

Posted: 24th Oct, 2008 By: MarkJ
BT's vice president for the London 2012 (Olympic Games) delivery programme, Stuart Hill, has told the governments Westminster eForum that its fibre optic Ethernet Olympic Park Network infrastructure could be a model for the entire country to follow.

Hill said that the network, which would have 10,000 access points linked to locations within the M25 area, will be able to handle data speeds of up to 6GigaBytes per second (6GBps - not bits!). 4,500km of cable would be needed, with the service being used to deliver TV, voice and Internet services:

Stuart Hill said: "We will work with them [London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games] post 2012 to make sure that we are adaptable and if there is anything in the ground we can reuse it later on.

The capital investment required to put this future network into place will add as much to Olympic Park as it will to the rest of the live sites across the UK. It becomes a model for a new network connecting up the cities and towns of Britian. The contribution that this will make to our national economy far outweighs what we are spending now.
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The Silicon item notes that BT intends to employ 650 people from across the UK to help deliver its new London Games telecommunications infrastructure.
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