Acer to offer free Internet access to athletes during ’12 London Olympics


TAIPEI — Taiwanese PC vendor Acer Inc. said Monday that it is ready to open Internet lounges during the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London that will provide athletes with computing stations.

The main lounge will be located in the athletes’ village in Olympic Park and provide free broadband access through 130 computers, including 65 fixed stations powered by Acer’s all-in-one desktops, according to an Acer statement. Acer will also extend the service to athletes’ villages in Egham, where the rowing and canoe sprint events will be held, and in Weymouth, home to the sailing competition. As an Olympic sponsor in the computing equipment product category, Acer has provided 13,500 desktops, 2,900 notebooks, 950 servers and storage systems, 13,000 computer monitors and a number of tablet PCs to the event.

These resources will run the entire information system during the London Olympics, to be held from July 27 to Aug. 12.