TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) has reportedly demonstrated tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) technology at the FutureCom conference in Sao Paulo, achieving downlink transmissions speeds of up to 260Mbps. According to a number of local technology sites, the demonstration was carried out in conjunction with vendors Ericsson and Qualcomm, and utilised the 700MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. Leonardo Capdeville, CTO of TIM Brazil, told conference attendees that the cellco hopes to have its 1800MHz/2600MHz LTE-Advanced network operational in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will take place in August. Meanwhile, a commercial deployment of 3C technology is not anticipated until at least 2017.
In related news, Capdeville claimed that TIM’s 2600MHz 4G network now covers 265 municipalities, a figure which is expected to reach 400 by year-end. In order to achieve this objective, the cellco has said that it will refarm portions of its 1800MHz 2G spectrum. Previously, in August this year TIM Brasil inked separate vendor contracts with Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia, as part of a BRL2 billion (USD512 million) three-year investment plan. Announcing the contract, TIM said that it aims to achieve coverage of 52% of the urban population by the end of this year, rising to 79% (or 15,000 4G antennas) by end-2017.