News update from our Broadband / ADSL partner
From the first week of June 2012 until early September 2012, there will be a number of major events taking place that will have a direct impact on the UK’s internet network infrastructure. The events being as follows:
• HRH The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – June 4th and 5th
• Euro 2012 Football Championships – June 8th to July 1st
• Wimbledon 2012 – June 25th to July 8th
• The Open Golf Championship – July 19th to 22nd
• The Olympic Games – July 27th to August 12th
• The Paralympic Games – August 29th to September 9th
In the case of the first four events listed, the main emphasis will relate to bandwidth management of our network. The Olympic events will also encompass alterations to provisioning and assurance activity.
It is evident from our previous experience in managing similar sporting and news events over the last few years; that the demand for internet bandwidth will markedly increase during all of these events. There is also expected to be an increase in home working for those who conduct business in London during the Olympics and many companies are actively encouraging employees to do this.
Therefore, we are advising our views on how these events will be managed based upon current knowledge and will be looking to provide further updates on a regular basis between now and June. This will enable you to prepare your own businesses accordingly.
As of the beginning of February 2012, a number of our suppliers are finalising arrangements, primarily for the Olympics as these have the greatest impact.
Bandwidth Management (DSL)
This aspect is critical for all of the aforementioned events as previously mentioned, increased demand is expected and has been anticipated. We are increasing the size of our 21CN network and we have active bandwidth management teams gearing up for all the summer events. We will be implementing our usual measures to protect business traffic such as VOIP and VPN. As usual, the likely noticeable impact will be in streaming media applications. Through our experience of managing events, we now possess a flexible and dynamic approach to our management of demand which means that changes can be made as circumstances alter.
More granular details of the measures being implemented will be released in due course and in further, more specific detail during the events themselves.
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