FIFA World Cup info would fill 100 million books

July 3, 2006.

World cup 2006 logoThe most obvious statistics relating to the FIFA World Cup™ are the 32 teams, 736 players, crowds totalling more than three million, and a worldwide TV audience of some 30 billion.

Mike Kelly, FIFA's IT chief, views the tournament in a rather different light, specifically as a towering mountain of information, fifteen terabytes of it to be precise, equivalent to 100 million books.

The average crowd of 51,808 means the FIFA World Cup in Germany currently lies second in the all-time attendance ranking. An average of 500 million viewers around the world are glued to the TV for each match.

The mind-blowing power of the FIFA World Cup in terms of communications and economics ultimately derives not from events at the stadiums, but rather from the videos, images, written reports and audio commentaries broadcast to every corner of the globe. Therefore, it is very important that broadcast systems used at the IBC in Munich, works without any problems.

Here is where the PROMAX equipment serves the professional. Today we are receiving the following communicate from one of our customers:

“Greetings from the Satellite farm at the IBC Munich for the Soccer World Cup. I am a freelance uplink engineer currently working on broadcasting the Soccer World Cup. 6 months ago I purchased a TV Explorer. Absolutely love it. It really is the "Swiss Army Knife" of the RF engineer, congratulations on such a quality and useful product. Other engineers who have seen it have also seen the value and gone out and brought them for themselves. In fact, on site here in Munich, we have five of the units which we are using for monitoring our uplinked signals”.