The Rio Olympics that begin today will be the first games where 4G networks are available – one area where Rio is delivering on its Olympic promise. This is an opportunity for the city to showcase its technological progress to visitors from around the world, while benefiting from the international exposure of visitors’ images and videos on social channels, helping boost tourism even after the games.

Even with one in seven Olympic tickets yet to be sold, operators are expecting a 50 per cent increase in data traffic at the Rio games compared with London 2012. Handily, Rio benefits from having hosted the 2014 World Cup, and the infrastructure that was put in place then. On top of this there will be 8,600 free-to-access WiFi hotspots near key events, supported by some of the network operators and by corporate sponsors. Read more