Brazilian mobile operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) yesterday announced that it is expanding its 4G network 4G to an additional 21 cities in the country. Additionally, the cellco says it is looking to encourage existing users of its 3G service to migrate to the advanced platform to take advantage of a ‘much faster and stable’ technology standard. The new cities covered by the expansion are: Guarulhos, Osasco, Santo Andre, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sorocaba and Ribeirao Preto (SP), Sao Goncalo, Duque de Caxias and Nova Iguacu (RJ), Count (MG), Jaboatao Guararapes (PE), Feira de Santana (BA), Joao Pessoa (PB), Aracaju (SE), Sao Luis (MA), Teresina (PI), Campo Grande (MS), Palmas (TO) and Rio Branco (AC). To access the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, users will need a compatible device and a TIM 4G chip – costing BRL10 (USD4.5). TIM Brasil hopes the expansion drive will add to a 4G subscriber base that currently numbers 772,000 people – equivalent to a 30% share of the 4G segment.
The news comes as both TIM Brasil and rival Claro Brasil (a unit of America Movil) claim to have achieved the 4G coverage goals laid down by the regulator Anatel on its web site.