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Thursday June 5, 2014

Only Half of the World Cup Stadiums Equipped with Wifi in Brazil

Only Half of the World Cup Stadiums Equipped with Wifi in Brazil

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Only six of the 12 stadiums hosting World Cup matches in Brazil will have WiFi so fans can use the Internet, telecom industry trade association Sinditelebrasil said.

The WiFi networks, which will allow fans to use the Internet in the stands and relieve the pressure on the networks of companies offering 2G, 3G and 4G service, will only be available in Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus and Cuiaba.

Fans attending matches at the stadiums in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Recife, Curitiba and Natal will have more trouble uploading photos to social-networking sites, sending videos and text messages, and using smartphone applications.

The 12 stadiums will have a total of 3,724 wireless telephony antennas that will handle voice and data on 2G, 3G and 4G networks using the same latest generation gear deployed during the London Olympic Games.

The equipment will be able to handle about 300,000 voice calls simultaneously per hour at each stadium with an average duration of 2.4 minutes.

The number of mobile cell sites and WiFi systems at each stadium, as well as the broadband capacity of the different networks, will vary.

Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, where the World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 13, has a system that will allow the 75,000 fans in the stands to make up to 48,000 simultaneous Internet connections, as well as 515,000 voice calls, within any one-hour period.

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