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The demands placed on broadband networks by the London 2012 Olympic Games are unlikely to cause service outages, it has been claimed.

In a statement to the BBC, the Cabinet Office reversed a warning about the likelihood of infrastructure failings during the upcoming sporting festivities.

Back in February, the department claimed that services may be slower during the Games "or in very severe cases there may be drop outs".

However, the Cabinet Office said the situation "has moved on considerably since the advice for businesses was published".

"We do not now believe there is likely to be any impact on the UK internet infrastructure during the Olympic Games," it stated.

"We are still advising companies to speak to their internet service providers about the internet capacity within their buildings."

If a significant number of employees were to watch the live streaming of an event, it could "significantly slow a company’s network speed" if there is not enough capacity available, the Cabinet Office added.

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