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Free Wi-Fi at World Cup stadiums

The 12 stadiums set to host the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup will offer free Wi-Fi access to spectators during the competition with the aim of relieving pressure from 3G and 4G mobile networks in and around the venues.

According to the National Union of Telephone Companies and Service Mobile and Personal (SindiTelebrasil) the cost of the Wi-Fi set up will be approximately R$100 million ($44 million).

SindiTelebrasil expects that 30-40 per cent of data usage during the event will go through the free Wi-Fi network.

Questions had been raised about the ability of Brazil’s mobile providers to deliver internet access when a report published in May by Brazilian national telecoms body Anatel showed they were failing to hit data access targets.