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Businesses that have granted their staff members permission to work from home during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games should be aware internet service providers (ISPs) have put measures in place to increase internet bandwidth.
According to Trefor Davies, council member at the Internet Service Providers' Association, broadband companies have been taking steps to contend with increased traffic during the international sporting event for "a long time".
The expert, who is also chief technology officer at communications service provider Timico, said individuals who do experience problems when trying to get online can rest assured there is a solution in place to deal with this.
This could provide peace of mind for home workers, who have previously had doubts about what the strength of their internet connection would be during the Olympic Games.
Mr Davies's comments were made after the government claimed the additional strain placed on the country's broadband services is unlikely to cause outages or slowdown for businesses, in contrast to a previous statement.
The Cabinet Office had warned enterprises to prepare counter measures in the instance ISPs bring in download limits or experience failures during the international event.
In February, the government's Preparing Your Business for the Games report predicted drop outs due to an increased number of people accessing the internet through mobile devices during the Olympics.
Mr Davies suggested the only way firms will face problems with their broadband is if they allow their workforce to watch the tournament using the internet, as their connection may not have enough capacity.
He explained: "Let's say each iPlayer stream is one Mbps per second and the business has only got ten Mbps - that means [employees] can only have ten people watching an iPlayer stream at the same time.
"If there are 100 people in the office all trying to watch iPlayer streams then it won't do it. That is going to affect other business services like email."
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