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Internet filtering firm Smoothwall has warned of daily broadband outages during the upcoming Olympic Games.

The firm said that with broadband providers facing additional network demands, connectivity problems could start occurring "every day" during London 2012.

Smoothwall claimed that in some cases, internet connections may "grind to a halt" completely, reports

Tom Newton, Product Manager at the company, said the recent O2 telecoms outage demonstrated how fragile communications networks can be and the huge impact when they fail.

"When the Games start we could see these types of problems occurring every day because most Olympic events will take place during the working day so there will be huge demand for bandwidth as people attempt to stream events at their desks," he stated.

"Any businesses or organisations without IT policies and other measures in place to maintain productivity on their networks could face problems as web connections grind to a halt."

Mr Newton said some businesses may simply want to block internet access to the Olympics.

But with so many staff bringing their own smartphones and tablets into the workplace this is not the most effective approach, he claimed.

Preventing employees from watching Olympic events may cause resentment among employees, Mr Newton added.

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