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The next-generation broadband network which will serve the site for the 2012 London Olympics will modernise services in the capital.

Stuart Hill, vice president of BT's London 2012 delivery programme, has told Silicon that he expects the fibre-optic connections enjoyed in east London's Olympic Park will spread to leave a legacy of enhanced communications.

As well as BT's responsibility to deliver 4,500km of cabling, 14,000 mobile phones, 16,000 fixed line handsets, and 40 Olympic TV channels, the telecoms giant has been entrusted with the task of ensuring the network can be used by the community after the Games have ended.

Mr Hill told Silicon: "The capital investment required to put this future network into place will add as much to Olympic Park as it will to the rest of the live sites across the UK.

"It becomes a model for a new network connecting up the cities and towns of Britain."

Meanwhile, during this summer's Games, Chinese authorities clamped down on illegal P2P websites streaming live footage of the action to broadband users.

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