TIM Brasil has launched 3G networks in six Brazilian state capitals – Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador – using frequencies in the 850MHz band, writes BNamericas. The operator expects to expand the offering to other large cities as soon as regulator Anatel delivers the licences it won in December in the 2100MHz band. ‘As soon as we have Anatel’s authorisation, we will launch 3G in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, as well as in other large cities of the country. We expect to have all the state capitals covered by the end of this year,’ TIM Brasil president Mario Cesar Araujo said. 3G services are being offered free of charge until the end of June, after which TV content (eleven channels) will cost BRL3.99 (USD2.39) per 30 minutes. Video calls will be charged as regular voice calls.
In a separate but related story Ericsson has been selected by TIM to provide a W-CDMA/HSPA network covering eight states across Brazil. Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of a 2G/3G common core network and the main supplier of a radio access network in the Brazilian states of Acre, Distrito Federal, Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondonia, Sao Paulo and Tocantins. The upgrade of TIM’s existing 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) network with HSPA functionality will – according to the press release – enable a smooth and efficient introduction of high-speed 3G (W-CDMA/HSPA) services. Ericsson will also provide services, including network and technology consulting, network design, network deployment and systems integration of end user service platforms and applications.