President kicks off bid to ensure LTE in place for 2014 World Cup

16 Sep 2011

Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff says her government has already earmarked USD117 million worth of investments to ensure twelve host cities will be able to offer 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services before the start of the football World Cup in 2014. Next Wireless LatAm quotes the president as saying that the government sees 4G as a ‘legacy [that] will remain for the whole Brazilian population after the Soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games [to be held in Rio de Janeiro 2016].’ The country will look to begin licensing spectrum in the 2.5GHz band, suitable for LTE, by April 2012. A number of domestic operators are already well under way with their own LTE trials in the country.