Telebras creates agency to manage telecom services during Fifa events

Friday, October 5, 2012

Brazilian state-run telco Telebras has created a subsidiary to provide telecommunications services to Fifa during the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup, the telco announced in a statement.

By law, Telebras is responsible for building the infrastructure needed for the deployment of metropolitan fiber optic networks, satellite links and radio systems in the cities where participating teams will be playing.

The newly-created agency will be responsible for the provision of these services after the infrastructure has been deployed, the telco said.

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Additionally, the entity is eligible for the tax breaks announced by the government in 2010, which aim to specifically boost ICT infrastructure during Fifa events, according to Telebras.

Telebras has an estimated budget of 200mn reais (US$100mn) for the sporting events.

In addition to Telebras' budget, Brazil's World Cup management committee (Gecopa) will give 171mn reais (US$89mn) to national telecoms regulator Anatel for spectrum use management and the mapping of critical telecommunications infrastructure.

Anatel's budget includes funds for radio monitoring stations in stadiums, airports and open air fan festivals, as well as for equipment to test mobile service quality.