TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil), Brazil’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has revealed plans to boost connectivity in Rio de Janeiro through a BRL14 billion (USD4.3 billion) three-year investment programme covering the period 2016-2018. According to chief technology officer Leonardo Capdeville, the project will encompass a number of ‘innovative solutions’, including Brazil’s first commercial voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) network, 1800MHz/2600MHz carrier aggregation (CA), cloud RAN functionality, Huawei-built key event assurance monitoring technology and the widespread deployment of the cellco’s patented sustainable ‘Biosite’ cell sites, which have been designed to reduce ‘visual pollution’ in built-up urban areas. TIM Brasil notes that, by year-end it will have 1,100 active 3G base transceiver stations (BTS) and 1,250 4G towers in Rio de Janeiro alone.
Capdeville commented: ‘TIM expects – between visitors and residents – about 70% of navigated data traffic will come from users of the 4G network, and 30% from users of the 3G network … We want to be protagonists in the use of innovative solutions in Brazil. The investment made in Rio de Janeiro will be a model for other regions of the country in the future … TIM has already installed 100 Biosites in the city and the forecast is to double this number by the end of the year.’