London Olympics prohibits use of personal wireless hotspots

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Published on July 26, 2012 with No Comments


The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the committee in charge for running the 2012 Olympics in London is prohibiting the use of personal/private wireless access points and 3G hubs but made it clear that smart mobile devices such as Android phones, iPhone and tablets are permitted inside Olympic venues, but must not be used as wireless points to connect multiple devices.

This move might have been made in conjuction with their strict rule on sharing any content from any Olympic event on the web or any social networking sites. The entire statement reads: “Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a Ticket Holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes and a Ticket Holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet more generally, and may not exploit images, video and/or sound recordings for commercial purposes under any circumstances, whether on the internet or otherwise, or make them available to third parties for commercial purposes.”

We’re quite unsure on why the committee made this rule and how they will enforce it. Some reports say that this was done to prevent any problems with internal wireless data connectivity to happen, while others claim that “coverage exclusivity” is one of the main reasons on why this rule has materialized.