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Can RFS Maintain its Winning Streak at Mineirao and Maracan� Stadiums?

July 07, 2014


Brazil, Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands have swept into the semi-finals, and as fans throng the Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte on the 8th of July to watch Brazil take on Germany in the first semi-final, Radio Frequency Systems (News - Alert) (RFS), the global wireless and broadcast infrastructure specialist, will be providing 212,000 fans with access to wireless communications wherever they are in the stadium.

RFS’ new wireless infrastructure supports customers of five Brazilian operators, and is built with state-of-the-art products manufactured at the RFS plant in Brazil. For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, RFS installed more than 850 wireless access antennas, more than 40 km of Hybriflex cable and utilized a new RF sectoring concept for each network. 

These new networks, with the ability to deliver and increase in capacity for data communications and voice calls, is said to be an improvement over the networks deployed for the Confederations Cup at Maracanã and Mineirão in 2013. In a one-hour period, each network was said to have supported an average of 300,000 voice calls and approximately 20,000 simultaneous data connections for emails, image sending, and text messages.

The infrastructure specialist claims to be the first company to combine optical fiber and DC power in a single lightweight aluminum corrugated HYBRIFLEX cable, which is easy to both deploy and install, ensuring a considerable increase in capacity when processing calls from fans on the move.

RFS’ multi-operator Distributed Antenna System (DAS)  at Maracanã Stadium, Mineirão Stadium (Belo Horizonte), Arena das Dunas (Natal), and Arena Pantanal (Cuiabá) appear to have efficiently met the high demand for capacity and coverage during the games that were played at the four World Cup stadiums; data released by Brazil's SindiTelebrasil confirms this.

Typically, peak traffic periods take place before matches and during breaks in the on-field action. RFS appears to have coped well, ensuring that fans are always connected with family and friends while watching the games. In addition, its support teams ensure that each network operates smoothly at all times.

"The wireless infrastructures at Mineirão and Maracanã are optimized to provide maximum coverage and capacity for this Saturday's matches, based on a thorough analysis of the stadiums and expected traffic demand," said Marcos Wrobel, RFS Commercial Director, Latin America, indicating the state of preparedness.

Wrobel observed that RFS’ success during the Confederations Cup in 2013 and during the FIFA World Cup games makes it the ‘wireless indoor solutions and turnkey projects leader’ in Brazil.

Edited by Adam Brandt