Feb 1 2012   10:11AM GMT

Cisco lags behind in Olympics Wi-Fi training

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick


With Cisco due to be providing Wi-Fi access for the Olympic and Paralympics Games this summer, it’s slightly concerning that the vendor struggled to provide Wi-Fi for the attendees of its very own Cisco Live Europe event this week.

During the games the supplier is contracted to provide Wi-Fi, along with several other services, to 6,000 staff and 70,000 volunteers at 100 venues around the country. There were 5,000 people at Cisco Live, taking place at the Excel Centre only a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park – and itself an Olympic venue – yet there were plenty of angry attendees unable to Tweet or access their e-mails.

Recently Stuart Hill, BT’s vice president and director of the Olympic Games 2012, revealed that he was in “sensitive discussions” with Cisco to provide Wi-Fi within the Olympic Park for the use of the general public too – Downtime isn’t holding its breath just yet.

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