Brazilian telecoms operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil’s) new ultra-high speed residential broadband service TIM Fiber will be launched commercially in the third quarter of this year, according to its CEO Luca Luciani speaking at a press conference to discuss the group’s latest financial results. The TIM official says that rollout of commercial services will begin in the city of Sao Paulo, followed by Rio de Janeiro, and that his company has already connected 1,100 buildings in the two cities – out of a total 3,600 authorisations currently in place. Luciani went on to say that initial tests of the technology look ‘promising’, with TIM Brasil hopeful of delivering its customers with internet access at speeds of between 50Mbps and the 100Mbps.
To support the commercial rollout, TIM Brasil is focusing on ramping up its backhaul capacity during H1 2012, including work on integrating its mobile infrastructure with fibre. To date, the operator has connected 1,030 mobile antennas to its fibre-optic network in both cities, a figure Luciani says will increase by a further 447 by end-June. As work continues during the second half of the year, TIM Brasil is confident of having a total of 1,777 antennas hooked up to fibre backhaul in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by 31 December. Further, Luciani says that his company will also look to increase backhaul capacity in the twelve cities scheduled to host the FIFA World Cup by the year end, with an additional 40 cities to follow by 2014. Finally, the CEO notes that in addition to its major fibre push, it is continuing efforts to overlay HSPA+ on its mobile networks in preparation for the planned migration to 4G. ‘With all this, TIM is ready for 4G, the auction for which is approaching. Our infrastructure is increasingly better, so we can keep growing in data through our strategy of offering internet for all with 3G, Wi-Fi, HSPA+ and 4G in the future,’ he said.