By Max Clarke
BT (LSE: BT.A) are extending free, super-fast fibre optic broadband across London’s Olympic Village as part of their commitments as official communications partner for the games.
The agreement reached between BT, the London 2012 Organising Committee and the International Olympic Committee will see BT’s Infinity service- capable of quoted speeds of up to 100Mb/s- extended to all of the 19,000 athletes and officials in each of East London’s Olympic Village’s 2,800 apartments.
“We’re extremely proud that BT is the broadband services provider of London 2012,” said Chris Clark, Director of BT’s London 2012 programme. “Supporting the communications needs of athletes during the Games is a central part of our role. Through the free broadband service we are providing with LOCOG, the athletes will be able to keep in close contact with friends and family, without worrying about costs. Crucially, the fibre network we are deploying at both venues will be a lasting legacy, providing local residents and businesses with super-fast broadband speeds long after the Games have drawn to a close. It’s all part of BT’s goal to make London 2012 the most connected Games ever.”
Both fibre broadband networks will remain in place after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the infrastructure open to all UK communications providers on an open, wholesale basis. This will ensure that BT’s fibre infrastructure at these sites is re-used in the most sustainable way while allowing users to benefit from a range of broadband suppliers and low prices. Following the Games, any subsequent site owners can continue to offer super-fast broadband services via their chosen supplier to residents or businesses housed at the venues. In the case of the Olympic Village, the site will be transformed into a new neighbourhood for east London, with 2,818 new homes, including 1,379 affordable homes.
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