FIFA World Cup: Brazil's Weak Services May Send Tweets for a Toss

Fans this FIFA World Cup season should be prepared to be unable to tweet, post selfies and put up status updates from inside the stadiums as Brazil's mobile communications service is not expected to cope with the sheer traffic and volume in data transfer.

updated: May 24, 2014 09:46 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: Ecstatic football fans unable to celebrate a World Cup win with real-time Tweets, or post "selfies" of themselves from inside stadiums. Or worse, emergency calls blocked by jammed cellphone towers unable to handle the volume.

Those are among the fears as hundreds of thousands of mobile phone-wielding fans get ready to attend soccer's premier event in Brazil.

Experts say Cup visitors will discover that Brazil's mobile communications services are severely lacking, mostly because the government and telephone companies are ill-prepared for the month-long tournament. Some even worry about possible mobile network blackouts.

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