Review: Anatel’s performance during the 2014 World Cup
The 2014 World Cup was a major challenge to Anatel, in view of the high standards for the use of telecommunication networks, especially as regards the radiofrequency spectrum. The whole competition was broadcasted without major impacts in terms of harmful interferences or critical incidents that could damage the event, its security, or the provision of services to the population.
The following images show facts and figures regarding Anatel’s performance during the 2014 World Cup.
Figure 1 – Authorization for Temporary Use of Spectrum and Testing and Tagging Procedures contributed to prevent harmful interferences
The Agency was able to issue 319 authorizations for temporary use of spectrum, tag a total of 17,325 telecommunication devices in advance, monitor the local spectrum, and mitigate possible harmful interferences to the entities that participated in the event.
Figure 2 – The number of reported and valid interferences indicate the success of the intense spectrum control work
Because of the intense spectrum control work, during the World Cup 62 event-related interferences were reported – which is substantially less than the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Of the reported interferences, only 18 were deemed as valid (29% of the cases) and were solved by Anatel’s Monitoring Agents.
The Agency also supervised the deployment and performance of 3G and 4G networks to attend the public at the 2014 World Cup 2014, aiming at the prevention of failures in servicing the population, mainly in the stadiums and places of greater agglomeration.
Preparation and coordination of field activities
The large event characteristic of the World Cup demanded a precise and specific planning, and a highly efficient execution. Anatel interacted directly with public and private entities involved with the implementation and coverage of the event, in order to take account of the demands, coordinate joint efforts, and discuss appropriate solutions for each case.
During the World Cup, the Agency´s operations were composed by a National Coordination team, 14 local coordinators, and 303 professionals working in field. Previous studies were carried out regarding the acquisition of equipment pieces and their correct allocation by the teams, as well as the monitoring teams in each of the twelve host cities. Additionally, systems purchased for monitoring terrestrial and satellite networks were used in preventive and response actions in cases of interference. Approaching actions were also important factors in the stadiums – they assisted the large amount of entities that would use radio communication systems, which contributed in a relevant manner to the success of the operations.
The Agency was also present at the National Command and Control Integrated Center (CICCN) in Brasília/DF and the 12 Regional Command and Control Integrated Center (CICCR), implemented in the host cities, to monitor and support the Public Security Forces on matters related to the telecommunications sector, in addition to receiving mutual assistance in case of need to combat clandestine entities that could harm the event or jeopardize its safety.
Next phase: 2016 Games
Anatel's works are already in progress for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, consolidating the lessons learned and setting new levels of service to overcome this new challenge.