BT provides free 100 Mbps broadband to Olympic Village

When athletes and officials show up for the London 2012 Olympics, they'll be greeted not only with all of their family and fans cheering them on but also a 100 Mbps broadband connection courtesy of BT (NYSE: BT).

BT 2012 Olympics balloon

A BT promotional balloon prepares to lift off in March 2011 to mark the 500-day countdown to the Olympic Games.

In preparation for the event, BT will connect about 2,800 apartments in the village to its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) service. BT said it has installed 75 percent of the necessary infrastructure to deliver the service to Olympic village.

Outside of Olympic Village, the 550 athletes and officials who will reside at Olympic Sailing Venue on the Isle of Portland, near Weymouth, will be able to get BT's Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)-based 40 Mbps service.

Because BT is offering the FTTP service on a wholesale basis, any future owners can offer services from either BT or another service provider to residents who chose to live in the 2,818 homes development.

The Olympic Village connection comes not long after BT announced that it would connect about 365,000 premises in 27 telephone exchanges in the next few weeks.

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