Telecom Italia Mobile
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2005 owned by Telecom Italia
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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.
TIM Perú was sold to América Móvil and rebranded Claro. 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.. 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.
- In Italy, 4G LTE is active in 2,560 cities, (77%) 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.
- 3G 42.2 MB/s active in 2500 cities of Italy
National fraud in Brazilian prepaid mobile lines
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.
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.
- "G1 - TIM derruba os sinais de clientes de forma proposital, aponta relatório - notícias em Paraná". G1.globo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- "G1 - Ministério Público pede a suspensão de venda de chips da TIM no Paraná - notícias em Paraná". G1.globo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- TIM's website (in English))