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Authorities Bracing for ‘Biggest Media Event in History’

Jan 23, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Officials are preparing for what they’re calling the “biggest media event in history,” including increasing wireless capacity in the U.K., according to The Hollywood Reporter. The event is the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be held in London.

The story reports: “To meet the extra huge demand from broadcasters using ever more advanced technology, the London 2012 Organizing Committee will borrow additional spectrum capacity from the defense department as well as using capacity freed up by analog switch-off and currently unlicensed spectrum.”

The media regulator Ofcom said it expects about 26,000 media representatives to cover the event, creating unprecedented demand for wireless and broadband capacity.

Said a spokesman for Ofcom: “From cameras on motorbikes chasing Mark Cavendish’s progress in the cycle road race to the camera crews inside the Olympic stadium aiming to get that special picture of stars like Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis or Mo Farah, broadcasters and the media will be placing more demand on the U.K.’s spectrum reserves than ever before.”

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