Data traffic during World Cup breaks records and takes place with no interruptions

15/07/2014 - 12:20
Infrastructure enabled 166 terabytes of information to be transmitted. The areas of energy and urban mobility were also assessed positively

At press conference held this Monday (14.07) by the federal government to publicise organisation related information of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Minister of Communications Paulo Bernado pointed out that the event accounted for 517 hours of uninterrupted transmissions. In addition to training sessions and press conferences with managers and players, 64 games were played.

A 15 thousand kilometre long optical fibre network was installed by TELEBRAS and interconnected the 12 host stadiums, as well as other official venues of the tournament. This infrastructure was able to handle 166 terabytes of data.

In addition, 15,012 mobile telephone antennas were installed, 3,274 of them at the stadiums.

According to the National Union of Telephone Companies (SindiTelebrasil), the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, held on Sunday (13.07) at the Maracanã, broke all records of pictures being sent by fans at the ground. The telecommunication networks installed by the carriers recorded a traffic volume equivalent to 2.6 million photos, with an average file size of 0.55 MB.

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Getty Images#During the 64 World Cup matches, 4.5 million calls were made and 48.5 million photos sent

Interaction on social networks surpassed 3 billion, making the World Cup in Brazil the biggest event on such tools on the planet, according to the Minister of Communications.

Paulo Bernardo also mentioned that 16.1 thousand SIM cards were sold to foreign nationals during the World Cup and another 341 thousand visitors used roaming services. Furthermore, there was a 60% increase in television sales, a total of 8 million sets were sold in the month of June.


During the assessment made by the federal government, the Minister of Mines and Energy Edson Lobão stated that 200 big construction projects were conducted in the electrical grid to ensure that the World Cup would take place smoothly. “The construction works we carried out catered for the sector accurately”, said Lobão, recalling that there were no incidents at the stadiums.

Urban mobility

The Minister of Cities Gilberto Occhi praised the planning conducted before the World Cup, as well as the integration of agencies from the three government spheres.

“In the area of mobility, we delivered over 130 km of BRT systems and exclusive lanes to improve transport for the Brazilian population and foreign visitors. We delivered 75 BRT stations, where the population may board and alight this type of transport. Several times we saw Brazilians and foreign visitors using our transport modes for the first time”, he said.

For the minister, urban mobility related works are the physical legacy of the World Cup. “All construction projects leave a structure and infrastructure legacy for the country", he added.

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