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TIM announces 5G services for three Brazilian cities in September

Three medium-sized municipalities in different regions of Brazil were chosen by the carrier to start offering the technology

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  • The firm will use DSS technology which allows 5G connections on frequency bands already used by 4G, 3G and 2G networks, bypassing the need for more spectrum;
  • TIM’s technology will be used to provide fixed wireless broadband, along the lines of FWA (Fixed Wireless Access).

Telecom carrier TIM Brasil, the Brazilian arm of Telecom Italia, announced it will roll out its 5G commercial service in three medium-sized cities, next September. Bento Gonçalves, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul; Itajubá, in southeastern Minas Gerais; and Três Lagoas, in midwestern Mato Grosso do Sul, municipalities with populations ranging between 100,000-120,000 inhabitants, were chosen for the launch.

In a statement, the firm said it will use dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS), a technology that allows 5G connections on frequency bands already used by 4G, 3G and 2G networks – bypassing the need for more spectrum. The Brazilian 5G frequencies auction, the largest in the world according to experts, was scheduled to take place in November, but representatives at the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) have already admitted that it may be postponed to 2021.

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The strategy is similar to the one chosen by rival Claro, owned by Mexico’s América Móvil, which will launch a commercially available 5G service next Tuesday in some neighborhoods of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s biggest metropolises. 

Whereas Claro is being supplied by Ericsson, TIM Brasil opted to use network equipment made by the Swedish company as well as by Finnish Nokia and Chinese Huawei.

TIM’s technology will be used to provide fixed wireless broadband, along the lines of FWA (Fixed Wireless Access). The carrier already works with a similar model of fixed access using 4G, offering broadband connections in places not reached by its fixed-line network.