Londoners told to stop using mobiles -

Long suffering Londoners, who are yet to see any benefit from the Olympic games, were told to stop using their mobile phones because they were interfering with telly coverage of the event.

Londoners were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets when events were being screened because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage.

Commentators of Saturday's men's cycling road race were unable to tell viewers which bum in the air belonged to who because the GPS satellite navigation system travelling with the cyclists was broken.

Of course it was all being touted as particularly annoying for British viewers, who had tuned in hoping to see a medal for sprint king Mark Cavendish. Of course they forgot briefly that they did not watch because Cavendish, like most British great white hopes, was unlikely to get anything.

Apparently when they could not get through they vented their anger on Twitter at the lack of information and made matters worse.

The replacement for the UK's democratic government, the International Olympic Committee spokesman, said the network problem was the fault of those silly UK residents who sent hundreds of messages as they lined the streets to cheer on the British team.

The spokesman denied that the Olympic Committee was suggesting that people should not use their phones.

It was just if it was not an urgent call please kind of take it easy, he said. He admitted that asking Londoners to stop using their phones was not really going to have much effect. It is not as if the IOC has rocket launchers on most of the tall buildings in the capital or anything.

Network pressure has also been caused by the fact that you can see many events live on smartphones.

Mobile operators and infrastructure companies had said they expected to be able to meet the extra demand but the IOC spokesman said it appeared the problem lay with oversubscription on one particular network.

It did not mention who the telco was but the official 2012 Olympic communications services providers are BT, Vodafone and O2, owned by Spain's Telefonica. They all said they had not seen any network problems. BT says it has provided four times the network capacity of the 2008 Beijing Games and laid more cable to manage the feat.