Nokia inks deal with TIM for 4G expansion using 700 MHz spectrum

nokia-event-in-2016TIM, a telecom operator in Brazil, has decided to partner with Finland-based technology major Nokia to expand 4G LTE network in 700 MHz spectrum band.

The expansion of 4G LTE network coverage in Brazil in the 700 MHz spectrum band is part of TIM’s strategy to build a robust network infrastructure to cope with increasing consumption of mobile data with 4G.

In 2015, TIM selected Nokia to modernize and expand TIM’s 3G and 4G LTE networks in 17 states in Brazil with the use of Nokia’s small cells products, as well as the implementation, optimization and care services.

TIM, the leader in 4G coverage in the country, is the first operator in Brazil to use the frequency of 2600 Mhz and refarm the 1800 Mhz frequency band to 4G LTE. TIM is ready to use its network using the 700 MHz spectrum band for enhancing indoor and rural area coverage for 4G-enabled devices.

TIM has selected the Nokia AirScale radio  access platform, which runs multiple radio technologies simultaneously in one base station and allows unlimited scalability that will support massive IoT demand and 5G speeds.

With the network upgrade to 4.5G Pro the Brazilian operator will be able to better mix frequencies and technology usage at the same site, reducing costs and ensuring a fast and smooth deployment of the new LTE network.

“We’re looking at the highest technology quality standard today in the market, with the combination of three spectrum bands to increase our capacity and improve the end-user experience,” said Leonardo Capdeville, head of Technology at TIM.

Luiz Tonisi, head of the TIM Brazil customer team at Nokia, was instrumental in signing the 4G deal with TIM Brazil.