Don’t Look Now: TIM activates LTE-A service in Venice, network reaches 171 cities

6 Mar 2015

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has confirmed that its Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network has been extended to Venice and three other cities in the north-eastern Veneto region, taking its ‘4G Plus’ footprint to 171 cities. The last week has also seen the cellco extend LTE-A services to twelve localities on the island of Sardinia as well as 31 locations in the southern region of Campania.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, TIM launched its LTE-A network in 60 cities in November 2014, including Rome, Milan, Turin, Naples, Florence, Genoa, Palermo and Bari. The network supports download transmission speeds of up to 225Mbps.

According to its company website, TIM currently claims 2G coverage of 99.8% of the population and 3G coverage of around 96.0%. 42.2Mbps DC-HSPA+ networks currently cover 71.3% of all Italians, while 4G coverage stands at 80%.