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World Cup creates 32TB of data in first 10 days

Data traffic from FIFA and media reporting from tournament passed 2010 volumes

FIFA World Cup 2014 is the most connected event in history.
FIFA World Cup 2014 is the most connected event in history.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup finals has become the most connected World Cup in history, passing the volume of data created by the 2010 event in just ten days.

Brazilian telecoms company Oi said that the 2014 tournament has created 32 terabytes of data so far, from FIFA's telecoms requirements and connecting over 20,000 journalists covering the tournament. The volumes of data far outstrip the Sochi Winter Olympics and Superbowl XLVIII.

"This record at the most-connected World Cup consolidates Oi's global experience as a supplier of telecom at major events, whether sports, entertainment or international conferences," said José Claudio Moreira Gonçalves, Centralized Operations Officer of Oi.

Oi is an event sponsor of this year's tournament, and has provided a number of telecoms services for the event. Oi has extended its WiFi network, the largest in the country, to 700,000 access points to cater for the event. It has also provided telecoms services for the training centres of national teams including Germany, Ghana and Greece, using COWs (Cells on Wheels) to provide connections in remote locations; high speed and low latency links, used for transmission of reports and video programs, and voice and data services, to TVs, radios and international news agencies including ESPN, Bandeirantes TV and news agencies AFP and Xinhua; telecommunications services to some of the event sponsors including Itaú and McDonald's; and interconnecting office facilities, accreditation and volunteer centres in the World Cup stadiums.

The huge level of dataflow is partly down to multi-connection, where users are connected to two or three computers, tablets and smartphones at the same time. Oi estimates that during the first ten days, 152,000 devices connected to the exclusive media WiFi network in the 12 stadiums.

Oi calculated the increase in the demand for services during the World Cup and expanded the coverage and capacity of its 2G, 3G and 4G mobile telephony networks at different key points in the event's host cities. The company mobilised more than 4,000 direct and indirect employees to complete the work across its different service areas in time for the event.