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Olympics Events Schedule and impact on Broadband Speed ?

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Olympics Events Schedule and impact on Broadband Speed ?


Event / Date planner chart
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-1356990/London-2012-Olympic-Schedule-released-Ever...
Full schedule to download on this web page
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympic_games/london_2012/9394926.stm


When the Olympics are on, will Plusnet Broadband speeds ( Copper & Fibre ) be affected drastically
as people throughout the world watch Internet streamed events ?

Especially in the UK of course.

I expect they will, what plans do Plusnet have to compensate for any Internet "Overloading" leading to speed reductions, speedwise ?
I presume BBC iPlayers in the UK will be working overtime.
At least, as far as I am aware, there are no overnight events.
However, there will also be:
Plus ( mostly UK ? ) BBC iPlayer downloads overnight.
Plus International downloads and streaming overnights.
Plus SKY Anytime+ !!!


And of course, don't forget the Paralympics following on.
Date: 29 August - 9 September, 2012
Although only appear to be Broadcast on Channel 4, in the main.

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-to-be-the-paralympic-broadcaster-in-the-uk-in-2012
http://paralympics.channel4.com/
http://www.channel4.com/news/paralympic-games
Plus Radio 5 live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/disability-sport/14662054
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/9391637.stm
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

It's going to be a major test of BT's infrastructure.
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Olympics could cause internet 'dropouts' for broadband users

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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

Having worked at the business end of major sporting events, including the Commonwealth Games, and seen the "sphaghetti junction" of the local BT routings area, it will be a nightmare.
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

I don't think Plusnet have switched to Plan B operation mode for a while.
Probably the plan is to slow down or stop everything else to make way for the olympics!
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

Interesting, thanks.
Would there be notification that Plan B was in operation, out of interest at the time, to deflect lots of posts and calls to CS ?
After all, the Olympics are being Broadcast for 16+ days.
Ceremonies, with some events outside these dates:
Olympics Opening   27-July
Olympics Closing   12-August
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

With the BBC having 24 channels and all available online there is a lot of TV coverage. Been trying to find out where BBC are getting 24 channels from. I can only count 10.

Found it it look like it's 24 streams
[quote=http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/rogermosey/2012/04/more_choices_announced_for_bbc.html]This is in line with the agreements with Sky and Freesat and the 24 streams will also be available on the BBC Sport and 2012 websites.
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

Yes, it's 24 streams, not 24 channels, available to Broadcasters.
And available on BBC websites.
"All 24 live streams will also be available to watch on the BBC's 2012 and Sport websites."
Virgin Cable though it looks like they will be providing all 24 streams on their cable network, from the article, if I read it correctly.
"London 2012: More 2012 Olympic sport for cable viewers"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/rogermosey/2012/04/since_the_start_of_our.html
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

More likely it will be this:-
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Plan C (Disaster situation)

There is a third configuration which we would move to in the event of a large scale network failure - for example if we were to lose a central pipe (or even a couple of central pipes). It may also need to be used in the event of a major news story. In these instances we might have to block all advanced protocols on all accounts and rate limit all accounts for all other traffic to provide at least a bare minimum real-time service for as many people as possible. For example, we may block all Peer-to-Peer, USENET and FTP traffic and rate limit all other traffic to 512kbps. All being well we'd expect to be in this situation less than 0.1% of the year.

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Reminder ...
The Olympics are being Broadcast for 16+ days.

Broadband, normal requirements ...
Plus ( mostly UK ? ) BBC iPlayer downloads overnight.
Plus International downloads and streaming overnights.
Plus SKY Anytime+ !!!
71 days remaining to plan.

Contingency Planning probably already well under way anyway.
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

There is already so much information on the web, I won't bother posting many links of events that may compromise broadband.
A Google search shows many informative websites, including but not limited to the BBC and NBC.
For example,it appears that NBC will be streaming all available events live, ie 8am to 10pm ish UK time, every day.
Pentathlon to Football at either end of the day, plus all in between.

Here's a really good Events schedule, from the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/schedule-results/list
And an Event / Date planner chart
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-1356990/London-2012-Olympic-Schedule-released-Ever...
No doubt the most popular events will place the greatest load on the Internet.
Probably also can be used to plan Shopping trips etc !
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Re: Olympics and Broadband Speed ?

So it'll be dial up without the awesome noise?
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Re: Olympics Events Schedule and impact on Broadband Speed ?

They're already getting prepared near Manchester
Only 98 days (and 200 miles) away: Motorway signs in Manchester warn drivers to plan journeys for London Olympics
http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1491931_only-98-days-and-200-miles-away-motorway-...
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Re: Olympics Events Schedule and impact on Broadband Speed ?

As this topic is apparently being missed by the other users I am moving it back to Broadband and Routers for better visibility
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Re: Olympics Events Schedule and impact on Broadband Speed ?

We've added a lot of capacity in preparation for the Olympics and will continue to do so, our suppliers have also been performing higher volumes of maintenance than normal to ensure the infrastructure can support the additional data requirements. I'd be surprised if we went into plan B or C to be honest.
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Re: Olympics Events Schedule and impact on Broadband Speed ?

Thanks Jim
@Chris, thanks for the info, what happened last night, was it the footie dragging down the BT Network ?
http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,104286.0.html