During Saturday’s men’s cycling road race, commentators were unable to tell viewers how far along the cyclists were as they could not receive a GPS signal from the bikes, which according to the International Olympic Committee, is due to a network problem caused by the amount of messages sent by fans to their Twitter accounts.

“Of course, if you want to send something, we are not going to say ‘Don’t, you can’t do it’, and we would certainly never prevent people,” the spokesperson explained “It’s just – if it’s not an urgent, urgent one, please kind of take it easy.”

Although BT, Vodafone and O2 have stated that their has been no network problems, the IOC spokesperson also said the problem lay with over-subscription on one particular network, and continues to say that he is in talks to attempt to share more of the data between networks,”It’s a network issue, and it is that which we are working on.”

Hopefully they can get this problem sorted out sooner than later, although it doesn’t seem like a huge problem to fix if the networks haven’t seen any downtime.

Via [Reuters]

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