Press Release

TIM transforms Maracanã into the first 5G stadium in the country

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

This is a machine translation of TIM's press release

Rio de Janeiro, October 19, 2022 – Maracanã is the first 5G stadium in Brazil. TIM closed a partnership with the administration of the arena, where it installed 17 antennas for the fifth generation of mobile network. The infrastructure is sufficient to serve an audience well beyond the capacity of the space. The debut of the new technology is this Wednesday (19), in the grand final between Flamengo and Corinthians.

“We are protagonists in the implementation of 5G in Brazil and we are attentive to all the possibilities of experiences that customers can have access to, such as – for example – full connection in large agglomerations. It was precisely for this reason that we invested to deliver consistent coverage in all capitals in the first moments of the new technology”, explains TIM CEO Alberto Griselli, emphasizing that TIM is the only operator to cover all neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro with the 5G He also highlights that only the company will offer the fifth generation network at Maracanã at this first moment: “our objective is to enhance the fan experience in a scenario of intense connectivity, also facilitating the work of those who work in the space, such as the press, for example. 5G opens up a world of possibilities and TIM is ready to bring people closer to this new reality”.

With the infrastructure in place, TIM customers present at Maracanã and who have a device compatible with 5G will be able to automatically take advantage of the technology. As one of the great advantages of the fifth generation is to support more simultaneous accesses, being able to connect thousands of devices at the same time and with navigation quality, users will be able to use social networks, messaging apps and other applications fully and at very high speed. The areas around the stadium will also be served, benefiting those who are at points such as UERJ and Mangueira. Those who do not have a 5G smartphone will still see an important improvement in 4G in the region, as part of the existing traffic today will be transferred by the newly installed infrastructure.

“The arrival of the 5G network at Maracanã brings an important technological advance to the stadium's infrastructure and definitely places it on the same shelf as the largest in the world. Without a doubt, it will add a lot of value to the journey and experience of fans, sponsors and service providers in our daily lives. At this moment, Maracanã takes another big step in the work that has been carried out in the last three years by its management”, comments Severiano Braga, CEO of Maracanã.

The partnership with Maracanã to install the 5G network is part of a sponsorship agreement, which provides for the display of the brand in strategic locations, such as a reserve bench, screen and LED panels. To celebrate the union, TIM plans a series of actions and the kick-off was the lighting of the stadium in blue on Tuesday night (10/18).

5G in sport
5G transmissions, in addition to directly reflecting on the quality of the images received, without signal drop and with less delay between capture and display, will enable new ways for fans to have access to statistics, with data transmitted simultaneously. The clubs themselves will also have more business opportunities, with greater possibility of interacting with the public, through tools that will be developed. The new technology has the potential to impact not only users' experience and the way they consume data, but also the operational processes involved in a transmission.

The experience of 5G data consumption could already be felt by those who went to Rock in Rio, the first major event to feature the fifth generation network. On the night of Justin Bieber's concert, TIM customers generated colossal data traffic, which reached 25 terabytes with photos, videos and live streams, with 5G download speeds exceeding 1 gigabyte per second. Throughout the festival, the operator accounted for traffic of 133 terabytes, with 20% already being from 5G devices. The volume is the equivalent, for example, of watching videos non-stop for over 45 years on YouTube.

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