All four 4G licensees confirmed as having met end-2013 coverage deadline

7 Jan 2014

TIM Brasil has revealed that it met the end-2013 official switch-on deadline for its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in all twelve state capitals which are acting as host cities for the 2014 football World Cup, which is being staged in the country later this year. Under the 4G licence terms, operators were required to have commercial networks in the twelve cities by 31 December 2013; rival operators Vivo and Claro announced their launches well before the deadline, while third licensee Oi announced it had met the coverage requirements just one day before the target date. According to a report from BNAmericas, only TIM Brasil had not confirmed a full launch in all twelve markets by 31 December, with no announcement of a switch-on in the cities of Porto Alegre, Cuiaba and Manaus. It has now been confirmed by the operator that it did indeed meet the deadline, with the final three networks activated during December and commercial services being made available shortly after. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, TIM Brasil is the second largest cellular operator in Brazil behind Vivo, claiming 26.8% of the country’s 271.8 million wireless subscribers as of end-September 2013.