IOC asks Olympic spectators to chill it with the excessive Tweets

The International Olympic Committee has run into a bit of a spectrum bandwidth problem at the London Olympics. It seems that spectators at some of the Olympic venues are tweeting so much, that it's squeezing out the signals for essential event related communications.

The problem came to a head at the men's cycling road race, with up to a million spectators lining the route. Massive bandwidth use by fans sending tweets and watching live coverage of the event on their phones, made it difficult for the TV networks to get telemetry data about the positions of the various riders. This then had a snowballing effect with fans tweeting their disgust at the lousy information being delivered to their trackside phone viewing.

Network service at the games is split between official provider BT, along with Vodafone and O2. None of the three reported any specific network issues, although a spokesman said that extra capacity is being added at various hotspots.

BT says that the London games were given four times the network capacity used at the Beijing games four years ago, but apparently that's still not good enough. That kind of makes sense when you consider that in 2008 Twitter was still a pretty new thing, and nobody was streaming the events live on their phones. Heck, they didn't even have iPhones in China until 2009.

In the meantime, the IOC is requesting that fans keep the Tweets and texts down to a dull roar.

Reuters, via Gizmodo

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