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|Traded as||B3: TIMP3|
|Founded||15 July 1995|
|Manoel Horácio Francisco da Silva (Chairman) |
Rodrigo Modesto de Abreu (CEO)
|Products||Fixed line telephone, mobile telephone, broadband|
Number of employees
TIM Brasil (officially TIM Celular S.A.) is the Brazilian subsidiary of Telecom Italia, an Italian telecommunications company, which owned 67% of the company as of 2014. TIM Celular started its activities in Brazil in 1998 and since 2002 has consolidated its national presence, becoming the first mobile phone company present in all Brazilian States and, as of April 2017, has over 61.3 million customers.
The Company, through the GSM technology, has a national reach of approximately 93% of urban population and offers services to mobile and fixed telephony, data transmission and Internet access at high speed, bringing the convergence of services for all its customers in a single company.
On May 5, 2012 TIM's chairman Luca Luciani resigned from all of his duties at TIM both in Brazil and Italy. There were charges concerning scams about the activation of SIM cards for deceased and non-existing persons.
Products and services
TIM Live is a broadband internet service provided in some areas of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which uses the VDSL2 technology, currently in two speeds: 35 Mbit/s down (20 Mbit/s up) and 50 Mbit/s down (30 Mbit/s up).
TIM has announced investments up to R$ 100 million/year, within the R$ 3 billion available from the group investment plan. The acquisition from the AES Atimus network in the amount of R$ 1.5 billion allowed a great deal of this operation to be possible. The company is still studying the possibility of expanding this service to other cities.
National fraud in Brazilian prepaid mobile lines
On 8 August 2012, TIM Brasil became involved in a massive scandal after the release of a report by the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency Anatel.
The report points out 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), calls were intentionally dropped by the company which forced customers to make (and pay for) new calls to continue 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 multimillion-dollar fine for the damages against consumers.
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