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R$1.8 Billion Telecommunications Investment Helps 2014 Fifa World Cup - Official

July 6, 2014

Brazilian Government said it invested R$ 1.6 billion in the telecommunications infrastructure during the ongoing 2014 FIFA World.

The government also invested another R$ 171 million in regulatory services investments in the sector.

This is contained in a statement released by the government officials in Brazil on Friday.

It said the tournament had been dubbed the "Social Media World Cup" or the "World Cup of Selfies."

It added that data volume equivalent to 38.5 million photos had already been sent from Brazil's stadiums as of the end of the Round of 16 according to data released this week by telecom operators.

It said that the National Union of Fixed and Mobile Telecom Companies of Brazil (SindiTelebrasil) transmitted at peak usage times in the stadiums is equivalent to 8,000 pictures being sent per minute.

It said that the number was based on an average sized 0.55 MB photo and includes data sent via both mobile networks and Wi-Fi hotspots installed in the stadiums by various Internet service providers.

"As for voice services, 3.3 million phone calls have been made since the beginning the tournament.

"In addition to ensuring 2G, 3G and 4G mobile data availability in the host cities, the investments have ensured high levels of bandwidth available for broadcasting services.

"Telebras (the Brazilian telecom infrastructure company) and Brazil's private telecommunication carriers have invested R$ 100 million and R$ 1.5 billion, respectively.

"This had expanded the country's fiber optic network; the latter based on commitments made with the Federal Government during wireless spectrum auctions for telecom services," it said.

The statement added that another R$ 171 million was invested by the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) to monitor and supervise private mobile telecom and broadband service providers.

It said that telebras installed a 15,280 kilometer-long optic fiber ring, using state-of-the-art equipment developed in Brazil, to transmit high-definition footage of the matches between the arenas and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro.

Telebras broadcasted the 48 group phase matches of the World Cup without any issues related to the fiber optic network.

"This infrastructure will remain as a legacy after the World Cup, boosting the supply of high-speed Internet service throughout Brazil and ensuring the provision of services to regions where availability has previously been limited, such as the north of the country," the statement added.

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Source: AllAfrica

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