On the eve of the 700mhz auction, the World Cup is exposing the ills and improvisations of the Brazilian mobile phone system. According to information from SinditeleBrasil, 74% of the data traffic used in the opening of the World Cup was supported by the 3G network, and only a quarter of the communications were carried by the 4G network.
This is not new for those who use the data service in large cities, which still have few towers to support 4G service, and in practice, even has the 3G network to send emails, access the internet even with the congestion and unavailability at peak times.
Such luck did not have the spectators who went to the Ponte Preta stadium in Campinas, São Paulo, on the 12th, to watch the training of the Portugal team. According to information from Correio Popular, the 3G network, which serves the stadium, had moments of intense congestion and sometimes unavailability.
The difference between the common stadiums of the cities where the teams are training for the World Cup arenas is precisely the fiber optic infrastructure and the number of antennas, which connect the arena to several other towers around the stadium for the flow of traffic demands. voice and data.
In short, without the 3G network there is no mobile phone in Brazil, neither inside nor outside the stadiums. This deficiency, according to Maurício Fernandes, head of investment analysis at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, makes the return on investment of a network built from scratch by a new player in the Brazilian mobile market unfeasible.
Minister Paulo Bernardo recently stated that mobile broadband still has plenty of room to grow in Brazil, and in addition to the 700 MHz auction there will be no coverage targets, so the operator can choose the areas in which it will operate.
Such announcement, while encouraging new players to compete in the August auction, does not encourage the provision of quality services to people outside the major centers, especially in rural areas, which need massive areas. infrastructure investments for the development of important sectors of the agribusiness industry.
Although it is healthy for the competition environment new players in the big centers, for rural areas such policy will not have positive effects, since the service offerings are precarious and in many cases only with voice services, without broadband data networks. 3G.
That is why the World Cup, an event attended by almost one third of the planet’s population, more than 2 billion people, brings out the stark reality of Brazil, not only in telecommunications.
Source: [Jornal do Brasil]