Presented at Mobile World Congress, the award recognizes a pioneering project that aims to provide broadband access to 82 million citizens in Brasil.
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona; Feb. 23, 2016 – The GSMA today announced that Accenture (NYSE: ACN), Oi and TIM Brasil won the award for “Broadband for All: Outstanding LTE Contribution” at the 2016 Glomo Awards. This award, presented at Mobile World Congress 2016, recognizes the first RAN Sharing Project for 4G/LTE offering in Brazil, which serves more than 82 million citizens and is considered one of the largest in the world.
“The project benefits society because it allows for a more efficient use of resources. It reduces energy consumption, and maximizes the use of technologies developed by the telecom providers,” said Bayard Gontijo, CEO at Oi. “Sustainable solutions like this have an important impact on a country as large as Brasil.”
"The initiative is essential to the development of telecommunications in the country. The infrastructure sharing promotes more efficient use of the radio frequency, reduces urban impacts and energy consumption. The joint construction increases the network speed of deployment and promotes financial resources economy which can be reversed for other projects, showing that the share of the economy also operates in the infrastructure sector," said Rodrigo Abreu, president at TIM Brasil.
The agreement required that Oi and TIM create a joint planning unit which would be independent and capable of operating a shared 4G network. The two carriers have maintained separate teams to manage regulatory issues and consumption. Accenture was responsible for managing the complex planning activities and operations between the two telecommunications companies.
“The main goal of the program is to provide a high-quality and cost-effective 4G Network with 100% coverage of cities with populations of over 30,000 before 2017,” said Saulo Bonizzato, Accenture Communication, Media and Technology lead for Latin America. “To be named as a winner for the “Outstanding LTE Contribution” category is a significant achievement for us and recognizes our ability to efficiently deliver innovative programs for our clients in the network space.”
RAN Sharing Model
RAN Sharing helps to accelerate 4G network implementation and improves the quality of service. Shared networks also provide an opportunity for significant cost savings, which can be invested into better quality and higher services, thus providing consumer with a better user experience.
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Oi, a convergent service pioneer in Brazil, offers local and long-distance landline telephony, mobile telephony, broadband internet access, pay TV and the country’s largest wi-fi network. Oi has a nationwide presence and the greatest network penetration, reaching even the most remote regions of the country.
In September 2015, the company had 72 million revenue generating units (RGUs), 47 million of which in the Personal Mobility segment, 17 million in the Residential segment and 8 million in the SME/Corporate segment. Currently, Oi has more than 1 million hotspots at Oi WiFi network throughout Brazil.
Oi was included in the Exchange’s Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2) for the fifth consecutive year and has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index since 2013. Oi is also in the ISE – Corporate Sustainability Index of BM & FBovespa.
Through its social responsibility institute Oi Futuro, Oi supports projects in the educational, sustainability, sporting and cultural areas through incentive laws, with the aim of democratizing access to knowledge in order to promote and accelerate human development. Oi is one of Brazil’s leading cultural sponsors and creates opportunities for projects in all regions of the country.
For further information, please go to: www.oi.com.br, www.oi.com.br/ri and www.oifuturo.org.br.
TIM is the second largest carrier in Brazil and the leader in the prepaid segment. The company’s mission is to connect society and caring for each client so that everyone can do more, increasing users’ lives through their communication services. Therefore, in addition to focus on innovation and affordability, TIM prioritizes the quality of its network and service. A proof of this commitment is the investment of R $ 14 billion for the Brazilian operations during the three years will by 2017.
Transparency is also a pillar of the carrier. TIM is the only company in the telecommunications sector in the Novo Mercado of BM&F BOVESPA, recognized as the highest level of corporate governance, and also be part of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) and Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2). It is also worth noting the initiatives of the TIM Institute (www.institutotim.org.br), which seek to create and enhance strategic resources for the democratization of science and innovation in Brazil.
For more information, access: www.tim.com.br, www.twitter.com/timbrasil or www.facebook.com/timbrasil.
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