The first 5G Standalone antennas, in the 2.3 GHz SA frequency, were activated by the operator TIM this Tuesday (04/05)
One of the innovation hubs in the country, Paraná was chosen to start using 5G technology in the southern region of Brazil. The first 5G Standalone antennas, in the 2.3 GHz SA frequency, were activated by the operator TIM this Tuesday (5th) in the areas of Parque Barigui and Palácio Iguaçu, in Curitiba. The announcement of the launch was made by Governor Carlos Massa Ratinho Junior in a ceremony with the Mayor of Curitiba, Rafael Greca, and the CEO of TIM Brasil, Alberto Griselli, at the State Government headquarters.
With this, customers of the operator in these regions can now take advantage of the technology, which will reach other municipalities in Paraná and will evolve with the arrival of 5G SA at 3.5 GHz starting in June, according to the schedule of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). It is estimated that with 5G the internet browsing speed will be 20 times higher than that currently offered by 4G bands.
“Paraná is the stage of a historic moment in being a pioneer in receiving this technology that will transform the world. It’s a moment of disruption with everything we had. We feel honored to have been chosen by TIM, a company that is already almost from Paraná, and at the same time, excited to create new solutions that consolidate the State as the most modern and innovative in the country”, said the governor.
Ratinho Junior recalled that the option of the operator of Italian origin to start the application of 5G by Paraná reinforces the correctness of the decisions taken by the State Government in search of the consolidation of an innovative environment. He cited as an example the development of the Descomplica Telecom program, implemented last year after approval by the Legislative Assembly. “Paraná and Curitiba are the vanguard,” he said.
With the goal of finding solutions to expand telecommunications in the State, the project started with proposals to solve the main bottlenecks in the area, which hinder the development and international competitiveness of the State. The process was based on improving legislation, security and increasing the internet in rural areas.
“Back then, we sought to create the necessary conditions for the system to fully function in Paraná. And now, with 5G, it is the population that will win, with the improvement of important services like telemedicine and mobility,” he said. “With nine regional innovation ecosystems, 18 technology parks, seven state universities, four federal universities and more than half of the cities with university centers, Paraná is today one of the Brazilian leaders in technology and innovation”.
MASSIFICATION – Alberto Griselli explained that the 3.5 GHz band, acquired by TIM in a federal auction, will be essential to provide high speed and very low latency for users. It will also serve, he said, to massify and revolutionize the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in several key sectors to leverage the country’s economy.
“TIM has invested heavily in preparing for the arrival of 5G, a technology that will accelerate the process of digital transformation in cities, stimulate business generation and give Brazilians more opportunities. The choice of Curitiba as the first city in the South to receive TIM’s 5G Standalone antennas reaffirms our historic and increasingly consolidated connection with the city and the State”, commented the operator’s CEO.
The company had announced, in March, the choice of the capital of Paraná for the development of the “Cidade 5G” project. The collaboration agreement (MoU) with Huawei was signed during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The idea is to implement 5G networks, anticipating the evolution of technology, monitoring networks and improving the user experience. The agreement is valid for two years and can be extended, and the first tests must be completed by December 2023.
“Curitiba once again took the lead in implementing the new 5G technology. An innovation that will be even more valid when it becomes a social process, shared with the whole of society”, highlighted Mayor Rafael Greca.
COMPANY – TIM leads different segments in Paraná. Currently, the operator is the leader in the mobile telephony market in the State, with 52.1% (6.9 million customers). The operator is also ahead in 4G coverage, present in 100% of the 399 cities in Paraná and in the 4.5G technology network, already implemented in 235 municipalities.
TIM also took the lead, in Curitiba, with the offer of 5G DSS (which uses 5G over 4G frequencies). The activation of this network is part of TIM’s strategy – started in 2019 – to provide customers with a differentiated connectivity experience, without additional costs, which must now evolve with the revolutionary arrival of 5G in the country.
ATTENDANCE – The vice-governor Darci Piana participated in the launch; the Secretary of State for Social Communication and Culture, João Evaristo Debiasi; the CEO of Celepar, Leandro Moura; the deputy mayor of Curitiba, Eduardo Pimentel; the president of the Curitiba Agency for Development and Innovation, Cris Alessi; state deputies Guto Silva and Márcio Nunes; for TIM, via video, the institutional vice president, Mário Girasole; the CTIO, Leonardo de Carvalho Capdeville; the director of press relations, Alessandra Ber; and in person the commercial director of the South, Christian Krieger; the institutional manager, Cléber Rodrigo Affanio; the southern engineering director, Gláucio Fontana; and the engineering manager for the South, Marcelo Benthiem.