Ericsson will provide 4G/LTE infrastructure for TIM in Brazil. Users to benefit from LTE services and improved mobile broadband. Deal helps support TIM’s commitment to enhancing customer experience.

TIM Brazil, a subsidiary of Telecom Italia with more than 70 million customers in Brazil, has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), as the key supplier to provide a 4G/LTE network. Ericsson will deploy all 4G/LTE radio sites with its new multi-standard radio base station, RBS 6000, supporting TIM’s LTE network in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Sergipe, Goiás and the Federal District.

This deal extends the long-standing partnership that together implemented TIM’s 2G and 3G in Brazil. The contract also includes network rollout, which combines a comprehensive package of services ranging from design and integration to training and customer support.

4G/LTE technologyenhances the end-user experience and enables the rapid transfer of large amounts of data. Consumers can enjoy a wide range of applications such as online gaming, movies downloads and video meetings. LTE also has the capacity to meet future demands for new and enhanced mobile internet applications.

Daniel Hermeto, Chief of Purchasing and Supply Chain Officer of TIM Brazil, says: "TIM is proud to be again a technology and innovative leader, providing users with leading-edge mobile broadband services. The new network will provide Brazilians with faster data speeds, high-quality video conferencing and faster response times when using mobile applications or accessing the internet. It will also help TIM meet future demand for mobile data, which is doubling every year as customers move to adopt data-hungry smartphones, mobile modems and tablets."

Sergio Quiroga, President of Ericsson Latin America and the Caribbean, says: "Ericsson is proud to once again partner with TIM for the introduction of a new technology at the operator. Mobility and broadband are among the main elements of Ericsson's vision of a Networked Society. It is exciting to see Brazil, one of the world's largest telecom markets, planning the next steps for mobile broadband."

With this contract, Ericsson maintains its leading position in LTE and mobile broadband globally and locally. This is the fourth 4G/LTE contract for Ericsson in Brazil, being the only supplier to have LTE contracts with all operators in Brazil.

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About TIM

TIM operates as a mobile, fixed, long-distance and data transmission operator in Brazil, always focused on the quality of services rendered to its customers. Through GSM technology, TIM has a national range of approximately 94% of the urban population. TIM also relies on an extensive data coverage throughout the country, being 100% GPRS, 79% with EDGE, in addition to having a sophisticated Third Generation (3G) network available to over 68% of the Brazilian urban population.

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