Oi SA official hints at 4G launch in Sao Paulo in ‘coming weeks’

11 Sep 2013

Brazilian owned fixed and mobile operator Oi SA plans to inaugurate its commercial 4G network in the city of Sao Paulo within the next few weeks, according to the carrier’s president Zeinal Bava, speaking at a conference in Rio de Janeiro this week. The carrier will use rival TIM Participacoes’ (TIM Brasil’s) infrastructure to launch the new service – by dint of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure sharing agreement signed by the pair. For its part, TIM Brasil launched 4G commercially in Sao Paulo in July this year.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, under the 4G sharing agreement TIM Brasil will be responsible for deploying LTE equipment in Recife, Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Natal, while Oi SA will cover rollout in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Salvador, Porto Alegre, Manaus and Cuiaba.

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