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The mobile phone blackout in the stadiums

On the eve of the kick-off of the world’s largest sporting event, stadiums, airports, as well as a number of important works to access the event, remain unfinished. By the way, one can count on 100% ready and equipped airports and stadiums.
Although mobile operators have had enough time to organize for the 2014 World Cup, two stadiums – Arena Corinthians and Arena da Baixada – have not even met FIFA’s requirements regarding the availability of 4G in the stadiums. In order to minimize operators’ lack of data service, Wi-Fi was implemented in only six of the twelve stadiums that will host the games of the event.
Even if we had 4G internet in every stadium, most foreign tourists would not be able to use their cell phones, because the frequency band adopted in the first phase of 4G, 2.5 Ghz, is divergent from most countries in the European community, United States. and Asian countries. The most widely used frequency band in the world, 700 MHz, is scheduled for bidding next August.
Truth be told, the World Cup ran over the process of natural evolution of mobile telephony in Brazil. In a country where even 3G has not been deployed in acceptable quantity and quality, talking about 4G sounds like a derision to the intelligence of most consumers. Whether in large, small and medium-sized cities, or in rural areas, Brazilians’ dream of consumption lately has been just talking on the phone for a few minutes without falling the line.
In any case, we started the migration from 3G to 4G along with the migration from 2G to 3G, which is still halfway there. By the way, halfway if we consider the whole of Brazil. In fact, we have almost whole Federation states still with 2G, especially in the North, Northeast, and Midwest.
Such shortcomings in the mobile phone system are rooted in Brazil’s lack of telecommunications infrastructure. The lack of backhaul and backbone (high capacity signal transmission and distribution lines) at the national level are the foundations that need to be built in order for Brazil to actually progress in telecommunications effectively. Resurrected at the end of the Lula administration, this was the mission of Telebrás. However, such a work of monumental dimension, estimated at 125 billion reais, never got off the ground.
In this environment of uncertainty, the auction for the 700 MHz band is under public consultation. It is estimated that operators will pay for spectrum access of 6 to 15 billion dollars. Now, if you pay this amount before you start investing in towers and equipment, which foreign company would be interested in participating in the auction? How to compete with those that are already in operation and already have revenues to support the expansion?
This competition of facts discourages the participation of new players, an essential factor for more competition and better offer of tariffs and services. As long as the mobile phone system is seen as a mere cash-generating instrument for the government, we will continue to pay the world’s most expensive tariffs, the ITU, in exchange for poor service.

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