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TIM’s activity in Brazil too is characterised by a focus on innovation and investment in new infrastructure and technology. The Group has been operating in the country since 1997 through its subsidiary TIM Participações and it represents its second biggest market.

TIM has invested nearly 5.4 billion euros in Brazil over the last 5 years, with a focus mainly on new generation infrastructure construction and actively contributing to the modernization of the country.

The target related to 4G coverage set by TIM Participações is of 3,735 cities (94.86% of the urban population) at the end of 2020 and of 3,936 cities (95.64% of the urban population) at the end of 2021. At the end of 2019, 4G coverage reached 94% of the urban population, or 3,477 cities.

TIM Participações supports the development of technological partnerships for initiatives focused on social and business applications. Through its open innovation program, the company invests in initiatives designed to promote the acquisition and exchange of knowledge with universities; the project with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC) on blockchain is an example of this, as is that with Inatel[1] for the development of a smartcity program based on Nb-IoT technology[2]. TIM Participações is also working more closely with the Cubo Itaú innovation center to promote co-creation with startups, and has launched a partnership with the Open D'Or initiative for health research.

The company plays an active role in the development of the IoT ecosystem for rural, smartcity and health solutions, and is taking part in four IoT pilot projects selected by BNDES (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social)[3]. In addition, the company is also a mentor in the Embrapa initiative[4], for the Ideas 4milk program.

In 2019, TIM Participações supported discussions regarding 5G technology using the concept of Living Labs, a physical space where users, public and private players and the academy can come together to discuss, share knowledge and collaborate in order to create the next generation of 5G solutions.

Furthermore, the Data Connections project - required by ANATEL of operators who purchased the frequencies detailed in the Bidding On Notes No. 004/2012 (e.g. Claro, Oi, TIM and Vivo) - guarantees cover of rural areas of Brazil, including public schools, in accordance with the division between operators. TIM guarantees this service in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Paranà and Santa Catarina (from January 2018 data download[5] at 1 mbps and upload at 256 kbps). In April 2019, TIM Participações received a new list of 4,455 public schools, which is its current commitment. In December 2019, the project was 80% complete.


[1] Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações (National Institute of Telecommunications).

[2] Narrowband - Internet of Things.

[3] Banco di Sviluppo Economico e Sociale (Bank for Economic and Social Development), the leading development bank in Brazil.

[4]Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation), a Brazilian research corporation affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.

[5] Megabits (million bits) Per Second. Kbps stands for kilo (thousand) bits per second.