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BT claims to have smashed a number of records as it helped ensure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were the most connected ever.

The official London 2012 website, hosted by BT, had more than 450 million visits - four times as many as the Beijing Games website in 2008.

Record levels of internet traffic were witnessed on BT's UK retail broadband network, with video traffic rising by 19 per cent compared to normal.

The broadband provider ensured there was greater mobile coverage and capacity than at any other Games in history, with residents at the Athletes Village able to use the most advanced fibre broadband in the UK.

Seb Coe, Chairman of the organising body LOCOG, said it is "inconceivable" that the 2012 Games could have been delivered without BT onboard.

"We needed someone we could trust and who could provide the technical know-how and the creative solutions to ensure the London 2012 Games were the very best they could be. BT gave us all of this," he stated.

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive of the BT Group, said the firm was "incredibly proud" to have been at the heart of the Games and to have delivered the essential communications services and infrastructure that supported such a successful Olympics and Paralympics.

"BT has supported the Games from the time of the bid, when few thought London would be chosen, and the dedication of our people has contributed hugely to the best and most connected Games ever," he stated.

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association (BPA), commented: "We could not have got to where we are now without the support of commercial partners like BT.

"They have been with us on the journey from the very beginning - becoming the BPA's first commercial partner after it formed in 1989 – and I am delighted that they are already committed to the next four years through to Rio 2016."

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