Sochi's Broadband Overkill

Russian carriers have blanketed the area with redundant towers
Photograph by Fabrizo Bensch/Reuters

London’s successful 2012 Olympics fell short in one event: broadband coverage. The city’s shift to top-end 4G wasn’t done in time for the summer games, and visitors had to settle for slower 3G service. That made it tough to stream video, send and receive large files, or just plain use smartphones. For this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Russians didn’t want a repeat performance.

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