Vivo, TIM Brasil push ahead with 3G rollout while others wait

8 Sep 2010

Brazilian mobile operators Vivo Participacoes and TIM Brasil have forged ahead with 3G network expansion in 2010, while rivals such as Telecom Americas (Claro) and Telemar Norte Leste (Oi) have not, according to a report from local research house Teleco. The group’s findings suggest Claro currently has 3G coverage of 396 municipalities – the same as at end-2009 – while Oi has failed to invest in improving its UMTS footprint and still serves 168 municipalities, as it did at the start of this year. However, Vivo boasts the widest coverage of 655 municipalities as at August 2010, up from 579 at the start of the year, and TIM Brasil is the fastest expanding cellco with 155 cities covered with its 3G signal, compared to 35 at 31 December 2009.