Friday, July 15, 2011

TIM to invest R$ 171 million in fiber optics in Northern Brazil

TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) is Telecom Italia's mobile phone brand, and runs a GSM, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA network in Italy and Brazil.  TIM Brazil had signed a contract with LT Amazon consortium to use their tower transmission lines and power substations to transport TIM cables across 27 cities in the states of Amazonas, Pará and Amapá, in Brazil. TIM will invest around R$ 171 million in this project, which is set to start in October and could be finished in 2013.

The contract with LT Amazon allows TIM to construct a backbone in the north covering 27 cities in the states of Amazonas, Pará and Amapá, and will increase by 100 times the voice and data transmission in the region.

The fiber-optic solution will replace TIM Brazil’s satellite infrastructure. The operation begin is scheduled for October this year and might be finished on January 2013. TIM expects to increase its customer base by 9%, considering only the capital Manaus and Macapá.

The project includes 1,985 kilometers of fiber optic OPGW (Optical Power Ground Wire) through 3,600 towers of transmission lines and power substations.

LT Amazon is a consortium of:

  • Linhas de Xingu Transmissora de Energia S.A.
  • Linhas de Macapá Transmissora de Energia S.A.
  • Manaus Transmissora de Energia S.A.

On March 31 (2011), the consortium published a public offering of shared infrastructure. TIM’s partnership with LT Amazon was formed after an auction in May that chose the operator responsible for OPGW cable installation and use. TIM has agreed to install and donate the cables, since it holds the right to use the optical fiber for the next 20 years.

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