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R&D in TI

Research and Development in Telecom Italia

05/31/2016 - 00:00 PM

The themes on which projects are developed are identified on the basis of the Three-Year Technological Plan, the reference document for the Group, which provides guidelines for the evolution of the network, platform and services.

Published annually, following a wide-ranging process involving all the areas of the company involved, the Plan identifies the main external factors (regulations, standards, vendors, other market operators) that may influence the company's strategies and highlights the emerging and cross-cutting technologies in other sectors that may be of interest to the Group.

During 2015 there was a significant increase in the speed of investments made by Telecom Italia in Next Generation Access Networks. This was made possible in particular by technological innovation, which fundamentally changed the reference scenario. In the meantime, mobile network coverage of the whole country with the new 4G/LTE standard, a significant evolution in response to the growing demand for high speed data, has almost been completed.

Telecom Italia has launched its own evolution route by which to gain standing as a supplier of services and platforms, and not just connectivity. This route envisages two parallel lines of action:

  • on the one hand, the acceleration of the development of enabling platforms, namely fixed and mobile ultrabroadband, data centres, big data and IT;
  • on the other, the enrichment of connectivity with innovative digital services towards the development of a digitised society and an automated industry (industry 4.0).

The technological and business innovation is therefore increasingly confirmed as a central element of the Company’s strategy in order to respond to the change in the technological, market and competitive context.

Internally, Telecom Italia has strengthened the Company laboratories, bringing alongside the traditional Research and Development centred on infrastructures, a focus on digital innovation, also with a view to supporting the evolution of a demand that has increasingly varied, sophisticated characteristics and which is met by the activities of the Innovation Centre.

tim research centres

Innovation involves people and places. Our research centres are in Turin, Naples, Milan, Trento and Venice, and at the University of Pisa, the University of Catania, and other cities.

Find out about the Labs and the Joint Open Labs

R&D activities in ITALY
1,300 persons

1.7 billion euros invested

Research and Development in Italy

In Italy, the Company employs approximately 1,300 resources in engineering,  technological innovation and service activities.

Investments in innovation and transformation amount to 1.7 billion euros, equating to 44% of total investments on the domestic market.

Relevant Stakeholders for research and development

The relevant stakeholders for research and development activities are the following:

  • the areas of the company involved (e.g. Marketing and Purchasing);
  • the suppliers, for the joint development of solutions in accordance with the technical requirements of the Telecom Italia Group;
  • the traditional (e.g. car makers) and digital (e.g. eCommerce players) partners, for the joint Go2market of digital services;
  • research centres and universities, for cooperation and joint projects; in 2015, 38 new cooperation agreements with Italian universities were launched on research topics relating to new technologies, coding algorithms, new communication services and paradigms; the standardisation¬ bodies and discussion groups (including NGMN, OpenIPTV Forum, OMA, 3GPP, ETSI, TM Forum, W3C, ITU-T) in which Telecom Italia is actively involved;
  • the Ministries (Ministry for Economic Development and Ministry of Education, Universities and Research), the European Union and public authorities (e.g. CNR and local authorities) for¬ projects funded through participation in competitive tenders, and partnership initiatives;
  • non-governmental organisations, associations, alliances and industry forums (e.g. GSMA, m-health) which bring together all the entities involved in the value chain of the specific market;
  • international research and development organisations (e.g. EURESCOM and Joint Technology Initiative).

Mobile is everything

Read the interview  with Mats Granryd, Director  General GSMA

He speaks about the role of the GSM Association today and the contribution of Telecom Italia and the other telco operators

R&D activities in BRAZIL
32 persons

over 2 billion euros invested

around 4 billion euros to invest in  the 2016-2018 period

Research and Development in Brazil

In the 2014-2015 period, investments in innovative infrastructure amounted to over 2 billion euros, and the plan for the 2016-2018 period is to invest around 4 billion euros, almost entirely dedicated to boosting the country's 4G coverage. 

In December 2015, the population covered with 4G technology reached 59%, with an increase of 23 pp on the previous year.

At TIM Brasil, R&S is carried out by the Innovation & Technology department, numbering 32 telecommunications engineers, electrics and electronics engineers, IT experts and other technicians of varying origin, competence and experience.

In terms of infrastructures, one important result was the constitution of the Innovation Lab, a multi-purpose test environment based in Rio de Janeiro, which is able to guarantee the assessment/validation of innovative services, products and technologies, certifying their functional efficiency and performance and developing new models and configurations, consolidating the innovation flow.