TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil), a unit of Telecom Italia, plans to launch a business user version of its residential fibre-optic broadband service TIM Fiber, from 1 July, BNAmericas reports. Marketed under the banner Live TIM Enterprise, the new fibre offer will reportedly offer dedicated IP links to business/corporate customers and tiered Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to enable faster and more constant data transmission speeds. It is understood that Live TIM Enterprise will be targeted at Brazil’s SME segment, leaving sister firm Intelig free to continue its focus on major enterprise customers. TIM Brasil hopes that from launch the new service will be available to around 50,000 businesses in Brazil, and available in two flavours: a 10MB and 30MB package – as well as having an exclusive customer support centre.
In the residential segment, TIM Brasil reported having 16,000 TIM Fiber users at 31 March 2013 and claims it is close to reaching the 20,000 subscriber milestone, by dint of an aggressive rollout programme that is seeing it roll out FTTx to 200,000 homes per week. Over 85% of its fibre-optic broadband customers currently enjoy connection speeds of more than 35Mbps. In terms of geographic expansion, TIM Brasil intends to extend service coverage to the entire metropolitan regions of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by the end of 2014, up from the current footprint, which just includes the two cities themselves. The carrier has however, ruled out the possibility of expanding its fibre reach to other states and regions in the short- to medium-term.