TIM’s activity in Brazil too is characterised by a focus on innovation and investment in new infrastructure and technology. The Group has been operating in the country since 1997 through its subsidiary TIM Participações and it represents its second biggest market.
TIM has invested in building new-generation infrastructure in Brazil. In the last five years alone, we’ve invested nearly 7 billion euros, making an effective contribution to the modernisation of the country.
TIM Participações continued to work on the 3G network in 2018 and achieved leadership in 4G, both in terms of number of cities covered (3,272 in December 2018) and coverage of the urban population (93% in December 2018).
Commercial offers from TIM Participações are characterised by very low rates, with the aim of promoting the spread of the mobile web among the poorer classes and expansion of sociocultural digital inclusion.
In Latin America, mobile telephones have played a key role in the integration of the most disadvantaged people, becoming a contributing factor in cohesion and participation in social and democratic life. TIM Participações manages nearly 55.9 million mobile lines (December 2018) and has always played a major role in this context. Before, it extended mobile network coverage to the whole country. This commitment continues today through the expansion of the fibre optic network, intensification of sites, reassignment of frequencies and the distribution of VoLTE(1).
TIM Participações is distinguished by its social inclusion projects like the Broadband Implementation Project for Rural Market Failure Areas (Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency Obligation). This brings fibre optics to certain municipalities in rural areas that were not previously served by the market. The project has reached 800 municipalities and 4,138 schools.
The aim is to encourage and spread the use and distribution of ICT services and goods in the most remote areas as well as to make services more accessible to all segments of the population, helping to reduce social and economic inequalities.
The Data Connections project – required by ANATEL of operators who purchased the frequencies indicated in the Bidding On Notes No. 004/2012 – guarantees coverage for rural areas of Brazil, including public schools, in accordance with the division between operators. TIM guarantees this service in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Paranà and Santa Catarina (data download at 256 kbps and upload at 128 kbps). Since January 2018, download speed has been 1 Mbps and upload speed 256 kbps. In December 2018, the project was 97.5% complete.