TIM begins public trials of LTE in Turin

16 Feb 2012

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has announced the launch of public trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Turin. Between 16 and 22 February, members of the public will be able to trial LTE USB dongles, which support mobile broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps downstream and 50Mbps upstream, at special demo stations at TIM’s point of sale in Turin. ‘The launch of this trial phase prior to the commercial rollout of LTE technology-based services is the culmination of a path Telecom Italia has been following since late 2009 as it develops its new ultra-broadband network,’ the company said in a statement on its website. TIM secured three blocks of spectrum in the 2.6GHz band and two blocks of 800MHz spectrum, as well as frequencies in the 1800MHz band, in Italy’s mobile spectrum auction which concluded last October.