With the arrival of the World Cup event in Brazil next year, Brazil is doing its best to ensure that every part of its infrastructure is ready to welcomes the world to its own versions of global sporting spectacles. In this era, the rise of smartphones and tablets make it easier for the people to get a breaking news and information on the move. This has caused Brazil to do its very best to haul itself into the new technological age by improving its technological infrastructure to the highest level.
In terms of 4G, the government has seen an opportunity to break new ground. Not only will coverage be available at all of Brazil’s World Cup host cities and subsequent major airports, but it is also set to extend its reach to some of the country’s more remote locations.
The 2014 World Cup has undoubtedly played a large role in the implementation of such technology, with some of the country’s biggest telecom companies announcing plans to introduce 4G to the cities set to host the World Cup and the prequel tournament of the Confederations Cup this year.
According to Paulo Bernardo the Brazilian Communications Minister, tourists who are attending the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will have no problem in going online from the stadiums, since each of the 12 stadiums which hosting the 32-nation soccer tournament will have two separate 50-gigabyte networks connected to Brazil’s fiber optic backbone.
“I doubt that the stadiums will use one third of the capacity that we are installing,” said Bernardo.
“Not even Mr Jerome Valcke will use up all that capacity, though he could if he makes a lot of explosive statements,” the minister said in reference to the general secretary of FIFA, the governing body of global soccer.
More than half a million soccer fans are expected to travel to Brazil next year for the World Cup. Many will surely emailing and posting photos on social networks during the games, congesting local wireless networks.
This week, Brazil officially launched the latest fourth generation (4G) wireless technology and the service will be available at the stadiums and in the host cities for the Confederations Cup.
However the majority of foreign fans will not be able to use it. That is because most smartphones in the United States and Europe use the 700 MHz frequency, while Brazil’s 4G network uses 2.5 GHz.
“Whoever has a 700 MHz cellphone will not be able to use 4G, they will have to use 3G,” Bernardo said.
He believes that due to the high cost of international roaming, the wise visitor will be more likely to tend to buy a phone card locally in Brazil to avoid paying “scorching” international roaming fees.
Brazil’s wireless infrastructure is among FIFA’s top concerns ahead of the World Cup. FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio said last month Brazil should maybe fix its 3G network before jumping to 4G.
The number of 3G users in Brazil has grown “explosively” to 70 million since the technology was introduced in 2008, and is expected to grow to 130 million by the end of 2014, Bernardo said.