With London being the host of this year’s Olympics, communication companies are already fantasizing about the implication of this global event. So rumor has it that the 2012 Olympic Games are going to need a huge number of separate wireless frequency assignments – about 20,000 to be more specific. This is almost double the numbers we usually see in one year.
You can surely see why. Think of the massive numbers of wireless cameras, wireless microphones, walkie-talkies, timing and scoring systems or other gadget involved in ensuring that this event will run smoothly. With 26,000 media members from across the globe being there to report live from the hot spot, the London games are most likely to enter history as the biggest event ever organized.
Communication regulator Ofcom has been working on a mighty plan in order to provide the needed capacity since 2006. In order to pull this off, they had to borrow some spectrum from the Ministry of Defense. The plan also involves using another spectrum that will pop out once all the analogue TV signals will be switched off. London’s analogue channels are scheduled to be turned off on 18th of April 2012.
“The airwaves that are being freed up as we move from analogue to digital TV will provide useful capacity for wireless demand at the Games,” an Ofcom spokesman said.