Huawei scores in World Cup data ser­vices

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By ZHANG FAN in Sao Paulo

Chi­nese tele­com equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Huawei has been help­ing en­sure the smooth run­ning of com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works in the 12 host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in the face of traf­fic peaks and data floods.

“The key per­for­mance in­dex of our net­work shows that all the sys­tems ran smoothly dur­ing the first two weeks of the World Cup. Our op­er­a­tor clients such as Vivo even used ‘fan­tas­tic’ to de­scribe our work,” said Guo Fuqin, di­rec­tor of Huawei’s World Cup project.

Huawei, a leading global in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion provider, won the con­tract to pro­vide com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems for the World Cup in Brazil through co­op­er­at­ing with five main lo­cal oper­a­tors in­clud­ing Vivo, Tim and Oi.

It strength­ened the net­work sys­tem for each sta­dium in the 12 host cities and pro­vided a com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vice guar­an­tee team of 97 ex­perts for lo­cal oper­a­tors to mon­i­tor data flow. Huawei also es­tab­lished re­mote tech­ni­cal sup­port cen­ters in China, Mex­ico, Ro­ma­nia and Egypt staffed with an­other 100 or more ex­perts.

About 600,000 in­ter­na­tional tourists have trav­eled to Brazil for the World Cup. The Arena de Sao Paulo alone wel­comed more than 62,000 foot­ball fans for the game be­tween Chile and the Nether­lands on June 24, a num­ber twice as large as any other time.

“We started to build a spe­cial net­work base for the sta­di­ums last year be­cause we knew that with so many foot­ball fans pour­ing into the coun­try dur­ing the World Cup, our tra­di­tional net­work sys­tem would be un­der great pres­sure,” said Guo.

Be­sides the sta­dium, Brazil


key per­for­mance in­dex of our net­work shows that all the sys­tems ran smoothly dur­ing the first two weeks of the World Cup.” GUO FUQIN DI­REC­TOR OF HUAWEI’S WORLD CUP PROJECT

also holds FIFA Fan Fest in each of the 12 host cities or­ga­nized by FIFA and part­ners. Thou­sands of foot­ball fans can gather in fan fest ar­eas to en­joy the games to­gether live on big screens.

“Fan fests at­tracted so many people and cre­ated in­for­ma­tion hot zones across the coun­try. We needed to pro­vide spe­cial sup­port to face such chal­lenges,” Guo said.

Huawei has pre­vi­ously pro­vided net­work ser­vice for other ma­jor sport­ing events, in­clud­ing the 2008 Olympic Games in Bei­jing, the 2012 Lon­don Olympic Games and 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

“Though we have gained ex­pe­ri­ence through these events, the Brazil World Cup re­mains a big chal­lenge be­cause we have to pro­vide ser­vice in 12 cities across the coun­try,” said Guo. “With more people us­ing smart­phones and so­cial net­work such as Face­book and twit­ter, the data flow can be huge, es­pe­cially dur­ing game time.”

Huawei and lo­cal oper­a­tors built five “war rooms” to su­per­vise data flow each day with around 70 ex­perts on the teams.

“Each mem­ber of our ex­pert team has been work­ing so hard to sup­port the net­work sys­tem, some of them only slept two hours a day dur­ing busy times,” said Guo.

Huawei en­tered the Brazil­ian mar­ket in 2009 and pro­vides in­for­ma­tion fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices for more than 100 mil­lion people in Brazil through co­op­er­a­tion with five main lo­cal oper­a­tors.

Its an­nual sales in 2013 reached $39.7 bil­lion world­wide, with $1.5 bil­lion in the Brazil­ian mar­ket alone.

“Through 15 years of de­vel­op­ment in Brazil, Huawei has won trust among the large oper­a­tors in the coun­try,” Guo said.


Mem­bers of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion guar­an­tee team of Huawei Tech­nolo­gies pose for a photo in Rio de Janeiro re­cently. Huawei has es­tab­lished a team of 97 ex­perts to sup­port lo­cal oper­a­tors with the net­work to face the data flood dur­ing the World Cup in Brazil.

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