TIM Brasil and Oi still to meet 3G coverage targets

12 Feb 2014

Brazilian mobile operators TIM Brasil and Oi have still to meet some of their 3G network coverage requirements ten months after the deadline has passed. Both firms were required to be covering 15% of municipalities with less than 30,000 inhabitants by April 2013 but, according to a report from news portal Convergencia Digital which cites figures from local consultancy firm Teleco, TIM has missed the target in 426 towns while for Oi the figure is 425 towns.

As reported in TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate last month, all four of the country’s main operators – Vivo, TIM, Claro and Oi – met the end-2013 coverage deadlines for larger cities, namely to be offering services in all cities of over 100,000 inhabitants and half the cities with between 30,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. The coverage targets were stipulated in the 3G licences awarded back in December 2007.

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