Telecom Italia: TIM’s new ultra-broadband services launching over the LTE network

10/16/2012 - 01:30 PM

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New USB modems and tablets available from 7 November for use with dedicated bundles over the next-generation mobile network, offering connection speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second

Network begins rollout in Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples. By the end of the year new LTE services will be rolled out to more than 20 cities, and then to the rest of Italy  

Telecom Italia is pressing ahead with mobile ultra-broadband and beginning to market new TIM services based on LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology, offering data transmission at speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s for downloads and 50 Mbit/s for uploads, and making mobile services and high-definition multimedia content available.

New USB modems and tablets equipped with LTE technology, bundled with special data packages, will go on sale in four Italian cities from 7 November: Rome, Milan, Turin and Naples. By the end of the year new LTE network services will be available in more than 20 cities throughout the country, before gradually being rolled out to the rest of Italy, along with an increasingly enhanced portfolio of services.

LTE technology offers download speeds that are between five and ten times faster than the 14.4 Mbps HSPA network, and more than twice as fast as 42 Mbps HSPA technology. TIM customers will benefit from performance and levels of service that will significantly enhance their web browsing experience, and offer groundbreaking content such as HD video streaming on the move.

The commercial rollout of LTE technology-based TIM services is the culmination of a path that Telecom Italia first embarked on in late 2009, when it began developing its new ultra-broadband network. Telecom Italia was the first mobile carrier in Italy and one of the first in the world to undertake a series of public field trials, in Italy’s main cities at the start of this year.

Telecom Italia invested €1.2 billion to acquire 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz frequencies, confirming the company’s desire to build increasingly modern networks capable of offering new, technologically-advanced services that cater to customer needs and the increasing quantities of traffic generated by cellphones, USB modems, smartphones and tablets.

The “ULTRA Internet” package for consumers initially covers websurfing via tablets and PCs via USB modem. A business customer offering will soon be launched. The package offers levels of service that exceed standard levels, and come with large data bundles to ensure an unlimited internet experience, along with a range of TIM Cloud services and exclusive content that makes the most of higher levels of network performance.

The following packages go on sale from 7 November:

ULTRA INTERNET PACK 4G - USB modem and internet for one year bundle
LTE/4G USB modem (TIMcard included)
1 year of Ultra Internet without time restrictions, surfing the web at the highest available speed (max. 20 GB/month)
Included: TIM Cloud for 1 year (special edition with 200 GB of space included)
Price: €349

TUTTO TABLET ULTRA 4G - Tablet and internet bundle
Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Included: Ultra Internet without time restrictions, surfing the web at the highest available speed (max. 20 GB/month)
Included: TIM Cloud (special edition with 200 GB of space included)
The finest services and content to get the most out of your tablet for 30 months:
Cubovision subscription: top entertainment (Films, TV series, Documentaries, Concerts, News and Kids TV always available)
Cubovision Diretta Calcio: watch the best Serie A TIM Football Championship matches live
Cubomusica: unlimited streaming, millions of tunes
Cubolibri: a subscription to browse the digital edition of a daily newspaper of your choice from the Cubolibri Newsstand
Content will be available shortly after launch for all Tutto Tablet 4G customers
Price: €45/month for 30 months

TUTTO INTERNET ULTRA 4G - USB modem and internet bundle
LTE/4G USB modem
Included: Ultra Internet without time restrictions, surfing the web at the highest available speed (max. 20 GB/month)
Included: TIM Cloud (special edition with 200 GB of space included)
Price: €34/month for 24 months

INTERNET 4G – Internet without a bundled device
Ultra Internet without time restrictions, surfing the web at the highest available speed (max. 20 GB/month)
Included: TIM Cloud (special edition with 200 GB of space included)
Price: €35/month

At a later date, smartphone ultra-broadband packages will be rolled out alongside the USB modem and tablet products.

Milan, 16 October 2012