Brazilian wireless giant TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) has announced that its 4G LTE network now covers a total of 1,850 municipalities. The rollout consolidates the cellco’s position as the owner of the country’s most expansive 4G infrastructure – a title it has claimed since September 2015. In addition, June saw TIM Brasil introduce 700MHz 4G connectivity in seven new state capitals, namely: Recife (capital of Pernambuco), Fortaleza (Ceara), Maceio (Alagoas), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte), Macapa (Amapa), Boa Vista (Roraima) and Rio Branca (Acre). TeleGeography notes that the 700MHz spectrum is being deployed as part of a tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) configuration, alongside 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies.
Going forward, the operator will invest BRL12 billion (USD3.7 billion) in the expansion of its LTE networks between 2017 and 2019. In 1Q17 around 66% of TIM Brasil customers’ data traffic was carried via 4G devices, the company noted.