Telecom Italia is the first in Italy to launch 4G+ on the TIM network

11/05/2014 - 00:27 PM

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From today LTE Advanced technology is available nationally to offer connections at up to 180 Mbps on smartphones and tablets and will shortly reach 225 Mbps

Rome, Milan, Turin, Naples, Florence, Genoa, Palermo and Bari are among the sixty cities where the new service is already active

TIM's 4G gets even faster. From today, in fact, Telecom Italia - for the first time in the country - launches LTE Advanced technology on a national scale, which makes it possible to achieve real transmission speeds roughly double those available on Italian mobile networks. 4G+ currently offers connections at up to 180 Mb per second and will shortly reach 225 Mb per second.

After the first live trial carried out in Turin last July, Telecom Italia is spearheading another important technological innovation, making 4G+ available in 60 Italian cities to offer superfast connections on smartphones and tablets. In the next few weeks the TIM network's coverage with LTE Advanced technology will be extended to numerous other cities.

4G+ makes it possible to enjoy high-definition multimedia content on the move with image quality of up to 4K, and it is made possible by "carrier aggregation”, the technological solution which combines two different frequency bands among those used for LTE (800, 1800 and 2600 MHz). In the first few months of next year TIM's LTE Advanced will allow connections with a peak speed of 225 Mbps, the maximum value made possible by aggregating the frequencies currently in use by the operators. In laboratory tests at TILab, speeds close to 300 Mbps have been achieved.

The new LTE Advanced network service is now available to TIM's customers in the following cities:  Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa, Florence, Bari, Catania, Messina, Taranto, Brescia, Prato, Reggio Calabria, Livorno, Salerno, Siena, La Spezia, Alessandria, Pistoia, Catanzaro, Pisa, Lucca, Pescara, Novara, Savona, Sanremo, Carrara, Latina, Cuneo, Viterbo, Teramo, Campobasso, Arezzo, Caserta, Grosseto, Viareggio, Asti, Benevento, Torre del Greco, Pozzuoli, Matera, Cremona, Massa, Potenza, Castellammare di Stabia, Afragola, Vigevano, Fiumicino, Aprilia, Legnano, Marano di Napoli, Pomezia, Tivoli, Battipaglia, Anzio, Sesto Fiorentino, Busto Arsizio, Mugnano di Napoli and Giugliano in Campania.

The first smartphone compatible with LTE Advanced technology is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. In the next few weeks, TIM's portfolio will be enriched with other 4G+ terminals which will make it possible to enjoy on-demand content on the move, to access the internet with performance greatly superior to what is currently available, and to watch streamed HD films, including films from TIMVision, Telecom Italia's on-demand TV. Business customers will also be able to make maximum use of the cloud services of Nuvola Store, such as for example HD videoconferencing, or use mobile apps hosted in Telecom Italia's cloud on smartphones and tablets. Consumer and Business customers who sign up or have already signed up to 4G LTE offers will be able to access 4G+ services free of charge and automatically up to 30 April 2015.

The launch of services based on LTE Advanced technology is part of Telecom Italia's commitment to the development of the new 4G LTE network where TIM is the leader thanks to a coverage that now reaches more than 2500 Italian municipalities and over 74% of the population. This initiative forms part of Telecom Italia's latest national 3.4 billion euros investment plan dedicated exclusively to latest generation technologies, of which 900 million euros will be for mobile ultra broadband. This investment confirms the company's commitment to the continuing creation of modern networks that offer new and technologically evolved services.

Rome, 5 November 2014