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.
- Telecompaper has this article (sub. req.)
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