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Investing in research and innovation

03/28/2018 - 10:00 AM

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Investments in 2017

In 2017 TIM committed around 1,300 people to working on technological innovation and engineering activities, for an overall investment of 1,992 million euros, equivalent to around 13% of its domestic revenues.

Here at TIM, research and innovation, both technological and business-based, represent the central element to respond to the change in the technological, market and competitive context.
Our research and testing activities take place in the TIM Open Labs in Turin and are focused around these topics:
- IoT, Internet of Things
- Smart Services
- 5G
- Big Data
- Artificial Intelligence
- Digital Services 
- Network Virtualization
In particular, much work was done on the Smart Services front with a view to promoting the Smart City model according to the concept that improving the quality of life involves the development of innovative digital services for customers.
But to promote innovation, in addition to relying on the work of our laboratories and research centres, we are increasingly moving towards “Open Innovation” from the perspective of maximizing internal contributions and integrating them with external ones.
Agreements with universities of excellence (Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnic University of Turin), Università di Torino (University of Torino), Università di Catania (University of Catania), Politecnico di Bari (Polytechnic University of Bari), Università di Bari (University of Bari), Università di Salento (University of Salento), Università di Basilicata (University of Basilicata), SSSA di Pisa (SASAS of Pisa), partnerships with tech companies (Ericsson, Huawei and other internationally renowned companies), and relations with the world of start-ups through TIM #Wcap, are all geared towards this.
In 2017, 22 research contracts came into effect, for a total value of 555,000 euros.
Also in the same year, TIM WCAP, the programme dedicated to innovation through the selection of innovative digital solutions developed by start-ups and SMEs, launched a Call for Startups and two Calls for Partners. In both cases the scouting aimed to identify products and services that could be integrated into TIM's offers and technologies.
Moreover, equity investments through TIM Ventures also focus on the world of start-ups.
In 2017 three prominent initiatives were launched to disseminate and develop 5G, namely Turin 5G, San Marino 5G and Bari-Matera 5G, with the aim of providing these municipalities with radio mobile coverage via 5G technology.
In the three-year period 2015-2017 we obtained around 8 million euros in funding from the European Commission for innovation and research projects and initiatives, on which we collaborate with European, North American, Korean and Japanese research centres.
TIM Brasil is also very active on the innovation front, with more than 180 projects completed in 2017. At the start of the year a new TIM Lab Innovation Centre was opened in the state of Rio de Janeiro, an innovation space that will work for the Brazilian TLC market.
The important topics for innovation at TIM Brasil, in addition to new generation networks and Future Internet applications, include a series of projects capable of producing positive environmental and social impact.