Monday, July 30, 2012

O2 Mobile Network was Swamped by Tweets During Olympic Bike Race

O2's mobile network was to blame for a disruption of timing  reports in the Olynpic cycling race, after a surge in tweets from spectators' smart phones disrupted transmissions from cyclists reporting their positions on the course. 

"There was a capacity issue with Box Hill at the weekend," an O2 spokesperson said. 

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) was picking up race data from location-reporting transmitters on the bikes. This data was then supposed to be sent to the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS), using the O2 network. 

But congestion of the data network apparently prevented many of the reports from being sent. 

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