Telecommunications group Claro has finalised its 4.5G roll-out for the upcoming Copa América in Brazil, with the technology having been fitted at the Estádio do Morumbi and the Arena do Grêmio.

The stadia will debut the technology when they stage their first matches of the tournament, which gets underway with Brazil vs Bolivia at São Paulo’s Estádio do Morumbi.

The two stadia were the only Copa América host venues that had yet to be fitted with 4.5G technology. The Maquina do Esporte website noted that the tournament’s four other host venues – the Maracanã, Arena Corinthians, Estádio Mineirão and Arena Fonte Nova – were fitted with the technology ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Claro chief executive Paulo Cesar Teixeira said: “The Arena Grêmio and Morumbi will have the fastest internet in Brazil. Football fans will be able to talk, surf and share, in real time, the emotions of being so close to the field.”

The two stadia will be fitted with more than 400 antennae to facilitate the 4.5G technology, Claro said. 4.5G technology provides greater connectivity than 4G and acts as a go-between to 5G. It is also known as LTE Advanced Pro.

This year’s Copa América gets underway on Friday and runs until July 7.

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