“Without telecommunications there is no World Cup”. The statement was made by FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, as well as Brazil's Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo on the occasion when the Memorandum of Understanding between the Brazilian Federal Government and the International Football Federation was signed. The agreement has the aim of ensuring an “exemplary” telecommunications service for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
According to Valcke, telecommunication is “a big part of the World Cup's organisation”, to what Bernardo added emphasising that “without good communication it'd be as though the World Cup did not exist”.
Paulo Bernardo said that the negotiation period between FIFA and the government on the terms of Guarantee No11, which refers to telecommunications, took eighteen months. The signed MoU establishes that construction works that will be left behind as a legacy for the country are a responsibility of the government. FIFA is only responsible for what will be used during the tournament.
The Minister clarified that starting in April, 4G technology will be operational in the six Confederations Cup (15 to 30 June 2013) host cities: Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador and Belo Horizonte.
Bernardo pointed out that through Telebras, the government is implementing the infrastructure necessary for the optical fibre networks in the 12 World Cup host cities, with a total budget of R$ 200 million. The fibre network has been completely finished in the metropolitan regions of Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Salvador, and the others are expected to be completed by March 2013.
See below a summary of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between FIFA and the Ministry of Communications.
Responsibilities of the Federal Government (Ministry of Communications, through Telebras)
» Ensure that there is national backbone infrastructure available, as well as the necessary metropolitan networks for interconnecting stadiums and other places established by FIFA and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), in addition to video transport services, with no cost to FIFA and its partners;
» Ensure that the infrastructure is able to supply for the quality technical requirements established by FIFA, above all in relation to the 99.99% availability required for networks that will transport the matches' video broadcasting service;
» Implement interconnection between Telebras' network and networks belonging to IT and Media service renderers hired by FIFA;
» Ensure that there is IT infrastructure and solutions (voice and broadband) available in places/venues where IT and Media services renderers have been hired by FIFA, where such infrastructure does not meet required quality standards. This lack of infrastructure shall have to be proved by FIFA through technical reports;
Responsibilities of FIFA
» Reduce the burden on the Federal Government in relation to making infrastructure available in places/venues where IT and Media services have infrastructure that meets required quality standards;
» Purchase and implement Video and Adaptation Technology (VandA), as well as incurring related costs;
» Implement satellite back-up solution and incur all costs;
» Pay Telebras 50% of revenues received from the sales of video services provided by the VandA system.