Socialympics: Social Mobile Games if the Mobile Networks #Fail?
by Dan Osburn
One of our major predictions about the Games last week was that one or more of the main mobile networks will crash.
There's about 8 million people in London, and another 6 million are estimated to be visiting throughout the Games. Previously, the networks have crumbled under much less stress - The Royal Wedding, The Jubilee and Field Day have all been characterised by a great disconnect.
Despite their history, the networks have been boasting their confidence loud and proud.
But maybe this time the networks will hold - we've come to the end of the first working day of the Games and so far, so good, it seems.
But, it's only a matter or time, right? Earlier today the AP reported:
"There is no doubt that carriers have put extensive planning into this, but there will be huge problems with cellular communications during the Olympics," Ben Wood, research director with London-based consulting firm CCS Insight, said. "Cellular technology is a finite resource and that is complicated by the fact that this is the most multimedia-interactive Olympics that we have ever seen."
Thankfully, there's 1,800 official WiFi stations around the Olympic sites. These should keep you tweeting if you lose your 3G connection.
What about if you're outside the official Olympic site? O2 has blanketed the city in free WiFi, with main hotspots including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square.
You can also dump your photos into instagram while you wait for the next carriage at major tube stations now as well.