Report: Brazil equipped country with 15,000 km of fiber to support the World Cup

While Internet pundits continue to measure the large amount of Internet traffic the World Cup created, none of that traffic would have been possible without a robust fiber-based network foundation.

According to Brazilian Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo, service providers installed more than 15,000 km of fiber cabling to support the event. Transmission of the matches consumed 166 Gbps, with the Telebras network transmitting 517 hours of coverage without interruption.

Mobility was also a key factor during the games. About 5,000 mobile phone masts were installed, including 3,200 at each of the 12 stadiums that hosted each match.

Perhaps not surprisingly, consumer sales of TV sets and mobile devices jumped during the games. TV sales increased by 60 percent, including the sale of 8 million digital TV sets, while customers purchased 1.5 million mobile phones and 300,000 tablets.

For more:
- Telecompaper has this article (sub. req.)

Related articles:
Brazil's Telebras nearly complete with DWDM build supporting World Cup
Telebras, Uruguay's Antel complete work on joint fiber ring
Seaborn Networks establishes gateways with Equinix and Telx in US, Brazil
Telebras, IslaLink to build $900M submarine cable linking South America to Europe

FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to FierceTelecom!

The Telecom industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceTelecom as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on the intersection of telecom and media. Sign up today to get telecom news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.