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London Businesses may be Unprepared for 2012 Olympics

April 09, 2012


YouGov conducted a survey to find exactly how prepared London businesses are for the disruption the 2012 Olympiad is expected to cause.

Studies show nearly 80 percent of U.K. business managers anticipate a large portion of their staff to see some complications in commuting to and from work. Many companies expect to rely on remote working methods, but that may not be a very fallback considering the possibility of the nation’s Internet infrastructure becoming overloaded.

Over 40 percent still seeks a last minute solution – many of them lacking proper resources for remote working strategies altogether. About half of the businesses that do have a remote working plan in place, however, have also made preparations to provide employees with suitable technologies to access their working platforms.

“The Olympic Games is going to be a catalyst for many companies turning to remote working in London and the South,” said Dave Paulding, Regional sales director for the U.K. wing of Interactive Intelligence (News - Alert). “However, it will be those that make preparations sooner rather than later that will achieve the most benefit.” 

That’s a pretty concrete game plan. It’s been known for quite some time now that the 2012 Olympics will foster some significant commotion – everyone has had sufficient time to prepare for any complications the games might cause.

Still, those who have made even the most immense preparations for remote working are only going to add to the possibility of downtime caused by overloaded networks. More than 20 percent of businesses have made plans to increase their Internet bandwidth to allow for such working solutions.

So, on top of the overwhelming amounts of tweets and status updates expected to flood the networks, a demand for even more bandwidth will inevitably arise.

Chances of the nations’ networks going down are looking less and less likely though. A number of IT professionals have been running extensive tests to ensure that proper action is taken to prevent any noticeable difference in connection speeds.

Edited by Braden Becker