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TIM Brazil, Huawei Upgrade Mobile Network Before Olympic Games

By Casey Houser August 05, 2016

Expecting a surge of user traffic during the weeks of this year’s summer Olympics in Brazil, national mobile operator TIM Brazil began working with Huawei, a global provider of networking and wireless services, to launch network functions virtualization-based (NFV-based) voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and voice-over-WiFi (VoWIFI) in the country.

TIM Brazil stated that this launch of services marks the first of its kind in South America where consumers can experience high-definition calling on various mobile airwaves. TIM noted that it first needed to improve network coverage throughout its area of operation. Once it had done so, it allowed Huawei to build its CloudCore networking package that makes use of its E9000 blade server which relies on the FusionSphere-OpenStack Cloud OS and the Huawei cloud-based IP multimedia subsystem.

Huang Hailin, the vice president of Huawei Brazil, spoke about this development and his excitement to have worked with TIM Brazil to upgrade its mobile services that will reach throughout Rio de Janeiro.

“Collaboration with TIM Brazil to upgrade the telecom infrastructure has been an honor,” Hailin said. “Using a variety of advanced technologies, we have ensured communication during major events and prepared the networks for voice and data traffic surges.”

The focus of this upgrade is the Olympic Games. Many more tourists and spectators than usual will descend on Brazil in only a few weeks. They will inundate the city with demands for voice and data services that operators in the region may never have seen. This places a heavy load on the new Huawei infrastructure, which of course has undergone preliminary testing but will still experience a trial by fire come the beginning of the games.

Moreover, this infrastructure will not degrade once the Olympics have come to a close. It will remain in place for residents of Rio de Janeiro to use hopefully for many years to come. If the infrastructure holds its own during the games, it should be more than capable of dealing with everyday mobile traffic for year-round users. TIM Brazil, now the second largest mobile operator in the country, may also be able to increase its standing with residents by being the first out of the gate with VoLTE and VoWIFI. Those new methods of voice service can deliver clear sound in a more reliable manner than previous mobile standards, so the bulk of Rio citizens may want to consider their allegiances once the summer party attendees have gone back to life without all the ambient fanfare.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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