Ali Al Suwaidi, Director of Technical Affairs at the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), stated that the average daily data use during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 reached 2,828 gigabytes, with an average download speed of 276mbps on the 5G network and an average upload speed of 15mbps. He went on to say that the average number of voice calls made during that time period was around 43 million minutes per day, with a 99.8% success rate.
According to Al Suwaidi, the CRA achieved remarkable results in the field of frequency spectrum management during the World Cup, issuing over 25,000 authorizations for radio applications and equipment. Furthermore, more than 20,000 pieces of radio equipment have completed spectrum testing and received the necessary tag, allowing licensees to use them at the tournament’s official locations, he noted. He stated that the CRA has allocated more than 3,700 frequencies to all parties, including an exclusive frequency band for the assistive listening system so that people with special needs can enjoy the atmosphere of the matches from inside all World Cup stadiums, as well as other frequencies dedicated to football technology and innovation, which played a critical role in managing matches and analysing their progress, noting that semi-automatic of scoring was among these technologies.