There is significant interest from the organizations and authorities in Brazil responsible for the World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016 in learning from best practice in technology implementation for the events they will be hosting in Brazil. In fact over the last year, several Brazilian government and company delegations visited the UK on fact finding trips and to meet with companies and organisations in the UK from whom they can learn - and potentialy engage with too.
UKTI's staff in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are keen to showcase UK capability in delivering the technology needed for major sporting events, so this is a good point of call for you.
In addition, as Paul Smith mentioned in his earlier answer, we have been speaking with the key operators to identify their needs and in particular our discussion with Oi highlighted some of their requirements in Brazil to deliver technologies for 2014, which include:
- Network planning, design, engineering
- Transmission backbone: upgrading optical equipment, connecting venues with 30Gbit/s, connecting to IBC in Rio
- Satellite back up links (2 cable/optical links from each stadium to Rio)
- Mobile coverage: 2G, 3G, 4G by the time of World cup
- Indoor coverage for mobile
- Mobile VAS, how to sell services around the World Cup
- WANs, local wired network
- Video delivery
- Security : co-ordinated by Minister of Sport
As you might imagine, in Brazil, they are keen to learn from any companies with experience of delivering technology for the World Cup and/or Olympics.
As Paul mentioned, we are planning to showcase UK capability around Futurecom in Rio, so do have a look and consider this.
In addition, it would be good to have a further discussion to understand your experience and how this might help us present the UK strength in this area to the Brazilian organizations.
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