Over 69,000 devices used free Wi-Fi at Kazan Arena during World Cup

Over 69,000 devices used free Wi-Fi at Kazan Arena during World Cup

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of IT and Communications of the Republic of Tatarstan Roman Shaikhutdinov has told media representatives at Kazan's City Press Center about the work of the telecommunications infrastructure during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Among other things, he said that all services offered at the main Tatarstan World Cup facilities (Kazan Arena, the national teams' bases and training grounds as well as hotels) were organized in accordance with the requirements of FIFA and the Organizing Committee.

Shaikhutdinov also stated that 254,000 football fans attended the six matches held at Kazan Arena, while a total of 69,300 devices logged into the stadium's Wi-Fi. A record number of logged in devices — 12,900 — was recorded during the football match between France and Argentina. The total volume of traffic was estimated at 5 terabytes.

Between June 12 and July 9, 36,000 devices had logged in at the FIFA Fan Fest venue, with 71 percent of their owners being Russian, 7 percent, US citizens and 3 percent each, citizens of France and Australia.

Shaikhutdinov also shared statistics on the issue of FAN IDs in Tatarstan. The republic issued a total of 57,000 FAN IDs, with 28,000 of them arising from applications submitted via the official website, and 29,000 of them from applications submitted at FAN ID distribution centers. Foreign football fans made up 54 percent of those who received their FAN IDs in Tatarstan.

The minister also pointed out that FAN IDs granted their holders visa-free entrance to Russia, and were useful in a number of unexpected situations.

"A ticket was found," Shaikhutdinov explained. "With the help of the ticket number, we managed to find its owner via his FAN ID. Imagine what a pleasant surprise this must have been, and what kind of an impression of the country it must have given."

The telecommunications infrastructure during 2018 FIFA World Cup matches in Kazan