Brazil will have fourth generation mobile telephony in all host cities at the 2014 World Cup. This is a guarantee of the Director of the Broadband Department of the Ministry of Communications Artur Coimbra de Oliveira. The federal government is working to accelerate the public bidding process. The National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL) will tender the first 4G batch in April 2012. The auction will make available frequency bands to supply for the new technology.
“The implementation of 4G mobile telephony is one of the World Cup legacies”, pointed out Oliveira, in a debate about telecommunications promoted by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. “We want at least 80% of areas of the metropolitan regions of all host cities to be covered by 4G networks”.
The Ministry of Communication expects the five host cities of the Confederations Cup in 2013 to have 4G technology, with speeds of up to 100 Mbps (Megabits per second), ten times faster than 3G. The investment from the federal government should reach R$ 200 million.
During the Information and Communication Technology for the World Cup and the Olympics, the President of the Brazilian Federal Data Processing Service (SERPRO) Marcos Mazoni, pointed out that Brazil is ready to supply for the demands that great sport events generate and discarded any risk of collapse. “We are just as good as any other country in the world. We are at the top of technology use. Some investments have been made. But we have technology related knowledge and expertise.”