Of the 12 stadia which will host World Cup matches in Brazil, just six will be equipped with wireless internet for fans.
That’s according to telecom industry trade association Sinditelebrasil. The Wi-Fi-equipped venues include Brasilia, Cuiaba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador.
However, those attending matches in Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, and Sao Paulo may have trouble sending pictures and streaming video over existing 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.
Over 3,700 network antennae will be installed at the 12 stadia. Similar equipment was used during the 2012 Olympics in London.
The home of the World Cup final, Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, has a system in place which will allow the 75,000 fans in attendance to make up to 48,000 simultaneous Internet connections, as well as 515,000 voice calls within any one-hour period, according to EFE.
Messi, Zidane Among Players Consulted on World Cup Ball Design
Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane were among the 600 players who consulted with Adidas on the design of the official World Cup match ball.
The company says it hopes the testing of the Brazuca will lead to fewer on-field blunders during the June and July tournament.
“This is by far the most tested ball we’ve ever produced,” Adidas executive Matthias Mecking told the Associated Press.
The player testing took place over the course of two and a half years and involved 30 teams in 10 countries.
“One statement nearly all players make is, ‘I want the ball to do what I plan to do with it,’” said Mecking.
The company received criticism over the 2010 World Cup ball, the Jabulani, for being too light. The design of the 2014 ball used the Euro 2012 ball, the Tango, as a model.
Around 4,000 Brazuca balls were distributed to each of the World Cup participants for training purposes. It has already been used by Major League Soccer, the U-20 World Cup, Club World Cup, and a number of international friendlies.
FIFA Makes Friendly Unofficial
Because of too many Belgian substitutions, the Belgium vs. Luxembourg friendly will not count in the international record books.
Belgium made seven changes, one more than the allotted six for international friendlies.
The scrubbing makes Romelu Lukaku’s hat trick and Adnan Januzaj’s senior debut no longer official.
FIFA said via email that it would not recognize the game as an “A” match, which count in the record books.
Belgium won the match, 5-1.