TIM Brasil activated 5G DSS networks in three cities of the Northeast, namely Fortaleza (Ceara), Recife (Pernambuco), and Salvador (Bahia).
5G DSS is a "lite" version of the fifth generation of mobile networks that uses current 4G frequencies to deliver higher connection speeds.
For pure 5G to be a reality, Anatel's frequency auction must be carried out. The Ministry of Communications initially expected that the tender would take place in the first half of 2021, but this did not happen.
According to company sources quoted by local media, the technology was installed in certain points of the cities, prioritizing those that are relevant regional landmarks in each location.
In Recife, for example, TIM's 5G DSS is available on the premises and on the streets around Parque Dona Lindu, Avenida Boa Viagem, Pina, and Marco Zero. In Fortaleza, connectivity is available in the Aldeota and Meireles neighborhoods. In Salvador, it is possible to access the new network on the Barra-Ondina circuit.
"To use TIM's 5G DSS, you just need a compatible smartphone and be within the coverage area. It is not necessary to contract a specific plan or request technology activation," said the sources.
Currently, 19 locations in 15 Brazilian states are already experimenting with TIM's 5G DSS network, and by the end of 2021, the company intends to activate in more cities such as Belém, Belo Horizonte, and Florianópolis.
TIM also announced that it has launched two pilot projects with the 5G StandAlone (5GSA) network, one to be used in public safety, and the other for agribusiness.