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TIM Brasil, Retis and Aptilo, Roll Out Wi-Fi and Mobile Data Offload

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October 10, 2012

TIM Brasil, Retis and Aptilo, Roll Out Wi-Fi and Mobile Data Offload

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor


TIM Brasil, a mobile operator in Brazil, in partnership with Retis and Aptilo Networks (News - Alert), is launching a complete Wi-Fi and mobile data offloading solution in Brazil.

The initiative is part of a major Wi-Fi initiative to deploy wireless broadband throughout Brazil.

The mobile data offloading solution from Aptilo offloads mobile data from TIM Brasil's HSPA and HSPA+ networks through Aptilo's Wi-Fi platform. The solution allows for a cost-effective, fast rollout. It decreases 3G network congestion and improves operator's customer experience.

Utilizing the fiber network of TIM Intelig and TIM Fiber as a backbone, TIM Brasil will leverage Aptilo's mobile data offloading and Wi-Fi solutions on a national basis.

"People from all over the world will flock to Brazil to celebrate the World Cup and 2016 Olympics. The ability to offload mobile data to Wi-Fi will ease network congestion significantly and increase data speeds, for an exceptional user experience," said Rafael Marquez, marketing director at TIM Intelig, in a statement.

"This is also an opportunity to bring Wi-Fi to high-dense areas where fixed Internet cannot reach, such us our favelas where we have a fast-growing customer base so everyone can stay connected," Marquez added.  

TIM Brasil's mobile offload solution will use over 10,000 hotspots to be deployed throughout Brazil. The company also deployed Aptilo's Wi-Fi and mobile data offloading solution to the main 15 airports in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Rio, Recife and Brasilia.

"Mobile data offloading delivers an exceptional customer experience by enabling a seamless flow from one network to another," said Torbjorn Ward, CEO, Aptilo Networks, in a statement. "TIM Brasil and Retis are bringing Internet access to those who otherwise would not have the opportunity. We are proud to be working with them."  

TIM Brasil has been the first private company to deploy low-cost wireless broadband in Rocinha, the largest favela in South America. TIM Brasil will roll out Aptilo's Wi-Fi and mobile data offloading solution to favelas offering Internet access to orphanages, schools and other community organizations that otherwise would not have connectivity.

TIM Brasil also innovated being the first operator in South America to utilize EAP-SIM Authentication, which is designed to deliver an automatic, secure and seamless mobile data offload experience. The SIM Authentication Server also helps TIM Brasil monetize the network.

TIM has also partnered with Vasco da Gama, a major team in Rio de Janeiro, to provide, by the end of this year Wi-Fi access for spectators in its private soccer arena.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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