Telecom Italia Mobile

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Telecom Italia Mobile
Industry Mobile telecommunications
Founded 1995
2005 owned by Telecom Italia
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Key people
Marco Patuano (CEO)
Parent Telecom Italia
Subsidiaries TIM Brazil
Website TIM

Telecom Italia Mobile, also know as Tim, is Telecom Italia's mobile phone brand since 1996. First mobile phone provider in Italy for customers (35 millions) and coverage (99.9% of population). TIM runs a GSM, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA and LTE network and is headquartered both in Rome (operations) and Milan (administration). In Brazil, TIM is the second largest operator with 74 millions customers and runs a GSM, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA and LTE network. TIM Brasil has its brazilian headquarter in Rio de Janeiro.[citation needed]

TIM Perú was sold to América Móvil and rebranded Claro.[citation needed] TIM sold its share in the Venezuelan mobile operator Digitel TIM to Televenco, a company owned by the Cisneros Group, since then the company's name has been Digitel. The agreement was approved by the Venezuelan regulatory authority Conatel. TIM Turkey was founded in 2004 and operated a GSM, EDGE and UMTS network. In September 2006, Türk Telekom acquired Telecom Italia's shares of 40.6% and the network became Avea.

TIM Hellas, the Greek operator owned by Telecom Italia and previously known as STET Hellas (Telestet) was sold in 2005 to Apax Partners and Texas Pacific Group. In 2007 the company was sold to Orascom Telecom and TIM Hellas, Q-Telecom and also Tellas (a fixed phone/ADSL provider whose 50%+1 share is owned by Orascom's Italian Wind company) renamed to Wind on 5 June 2007.[citation needed]. TIM through its mother company Telecom Italia owns shares in Telecom Argentina and its mobile operator Personal.

TIM is the default network for T-Mobile and Orange customers entering Italy as part of the FreeMove alliance.[citation needed]

  • In Italy, 4G LTE is active in 2,560 cities, (77%)[citation needed] including: Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Perugia, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rome, Trento, Trieste and Turin
  • 4G+/LTE Plus boasting speeds of up to 180-225 MB exploiting the 4G carrier aggregation is now available in more than 60 cities in Italy: Rome, Milan, Turin, Naples, Florence, Genoa, Palermo, Catania and Bari.

National fraud in Brazilian prepaid mobile lines[edit]

On 8 August 2012, TIM Brasil became involved in a massive scandal in Brazilian news after the release of report by the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency Anatel.[1]

The report points that on TIM's prepaid voice plan (24.7% market share), called "Infinity" (in which the user pays roughly US$0.12 for each unlimited time call), the calls were intentionally dropped by the company, forcing the customers to make (and pay for) new calls to keep talking. In just one day, 8.1 million calls were dropped and the total profit was approximately US$2 million.

Upon release of the report, the Public Ministry of the Paraná State filed a lawsuit against TIM asking that it stop selling new mobile lines in Brazil and pay a multi million dollar fine for the damages against consumers.[2]


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