England fans facing 'selfie' worry ahead of Brazil World Cup
England fans heading to Brazil for the World Cup reportedly face a new worry of not being able to post selfies online apart from other concerns like disease, crime and ticket touts, due to host country's ill-equipped mobile network.
England supporters, who would want to post pictures of themselves with stars like skipper Steven Gerrard or tweet about the game, will reportedly struggle to get internet access in the host country as Brazil's ill-equipped mobile network will not be able to cope with the thousands of fans keen to show their friends back home about their exploits at the World Cup.
Moreover, on a serious issue emergency calls could also be blocked by mobile towers that would be jammed while struggling to handle the huge demand, the Daily Star reported.
Locals have reportedly revealed that Brazil's mobile systems are lacking severely as a result of the government and telephone companies failing to prepare for the month-long tournament, along with mobile network blackouts also being threatened.
Although the government investment was supposed to take care of the problem before the tournament and had promised a fast 4G mobile network in the 12 host cities, the South American country has failed to deliver, the report added.
FIFA spokesman Thierry Weil said that they have learned from the Confederations Cup and put specific trucks outside the stadium in Rio to enhance connectivity as last year it was nearly impossible to send a text message or make a call from inside Maracana stadium.
(Posted on 02-06-2014)