25 Jul 2012
Olympics organisers ban WiFi and 3G hub devices
Organisers of the London Olympic Games have added WiFi and 3G hub devices to their list of banned items.
Alongside items such as alcohol, pets, flick-knives and firearms, the committee has banned Olympic fans from using smart devices, including iPhones and tablets, as wireless access points to connect to multiple devices, although devices are permitted inside venues.
"We’re just two days away from the start of the first ever Olympic Games in the modern, digital era," commented Tomas Mendoza, managing director of Tep Wireless, UK. "But unfortunately the organisers clearly don’t appreciate the advantages technology is offering – and what the public expect as a result."
"These are the people who’ve had to go to the considerable trouble – and expense – of buying tickets, booking flights and finding affordable accommodation in one of the world’s most expensive cities," he added. "Their next priority is to have reliable and affordable mobile Internet connectivity for all their devices so they can share their once in a lifetime experience with family and friends."
According to the London 2012 website, prohibited items cannot be brought into the 2012 venues. As it states, visitors won’t be allowed to enter venues if carrying any of these items, and if an item is surrendered, he or she won't get it back. It is not clear how smart device use will be monitored.
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