Brazil’s second biggest mobile operator by subscribers TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) is spending BRL3.60 billion (USD1.83 billion) this year to improve its networks and services. In a regulatory filing yesterday, TIM Brasil said the monies would be used specifically for IT projects and for the development of its various businesses. Earlier this month, TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that TIM Brasil has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to deploy a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network layer on top of its existing 2G and 3G infrastructure, operating in the 2600MHz frequency band. NSN confirmed that the deployment of its Single RAN (radio access network) equipment will enable the carrier to deliver ultra-high speed mobile broadband services for upcoming football tournaments that are taking place in the country. Under the terms of the contract, the financial details of which have not been disclosed, NSN will deliver an LTE radio access network featuring its high-capacity Flexi Multiradio Base Stations – described as a Single RAN base station for GSM, 3G, Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)-LTE and Time Division (TD)-LTE technologies. The simple and cost-effective site upgrade to LTE uses common OSS for multiple technologies, the vendor says, and will enable TIM Brasil to upgrade its cell sites to 2600MHz LTE while saving time, space and power consumption, and capital outlay. Additionally, NSN will upgrade TIM Brasil’s ‘NetAct network management system’ to enable consolidated and effective monitoring, management and optimisation of its network. Implementation of the new LTE network will be done on a city-by-city basis in preparation for the Confederations Cup 2013 and Football World Cup 2014 events.