Brazilian mobile operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) says has launched 4G services in 79 districts of the state capital Sao Paolo, five months before Anatel’s 31 December 2013 deadline. The cellco says that its Long Term Evolution (LTE) services are now available to its customers in these regions, who can take advantage of a five-fold increase in internet access speeds for no extra charge. TIM Brasil post-paid users need only to buy an LTE-enabled device and 4G chip to access the new service, it says. A range of modems and smartphones are available including the Motorola RAZR HD, the LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy Express, LG Optimus FS, Z10 BlackBerry and Samsung Galaxy S4. For 4G smartphone users, TIM Brasil offers the Liberty Web 600MB tariff plan with 600MB data allowance and a monthly fee of BRL34.90 (USD15.40).
A full list of areas covered is available on TIM’s website, but major areas covered include Freedom, Itaquera, Mooca, Santana, Butanta Pinheiros, Vila, Santo Amaro, Moema, Itaim Bibi and Pinheiros. Going forward, the mobile operator – part of the Telecom Italia group – will continue to invest in expanding its 4G coverage to other areas.