TIM launches 1 Gb/s internet with built-in Netflix and lower price than Claro – Telecommunications – Tecnoblog

Hours after Claro announced a new 1 Gb/s fixed internet plan, TIM Live started to market a gigabit fiber optic broadband package with Netflix e Deezer Premium embedded. The operator also reduced prices for lower speeds, which became more interesting than Oi and Vivo offers.


TIM Live has new fiber optic plan with speed of 1 Gb/s (Image: Playback)

That’s how TIM’s plans were:

download speed upload speed Apps included monthly price
60 Mb / s 30 Mb / s TNT Sports Stadium
Cartoon Network
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R$ 79,20
300 Mb / s 150 Mb / s TNT Sports Stadium
Cartoon Network
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R$ 93,50
500 Mb / s 250 Mb / s TNT Sports Stadium
Cartoon Network
Band Sports
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R$ 108,00
600 Mb / s 300 Mb / s Netflix (Standard plan)
Paramount+
TNT Sports Stadium
Cartoon Network
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R$ 170,10
1 Gb/s 500 Mb / s Netflix (Standard plan)
Deezer Premium
Paramount+
TNT Sports Stadium
Band News
Band Sports
Cartoon Network
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R$ 193,80
Values ​​consulted for São Paulo (DDD 11); plans and pricing may vary by location.

You can say that the new plans were very competitive. TIM charges R$193.80 per month for 1 Gb/s broadband, much less than Claro (R$399.99 monthly with a shameful upload) and Oi Fibra (R$499 per month).

The price was also good at speeds. The 300 Mb/s TIM Live costs less than the 200 Mb/s internet from Oi Fibra and Vivo Fibra, for example, which charge R$99.90 per month.

The fact that TIM also includes some streaming services makes the plans even more attractive. If purchased separately, Netflix’s standard plan costs R$39.90 per month, while Deezer Premium or Paramount+ are sold for R$19.90 per month each.

The details of TIM Live plans

Some details need to be noted. The prices are valid for payment with automatic debit, and whoever opts for the conventional bank slip will pay more in the monthly fee.

By the way, TIM conditions some speeds with automatic debit payment. The 300 Mb/s and 500 Mb/s plans actually have a lower transfer rate when billed otherwise.

Unlike other operators, TIM charges activation fees for those who contract the broadband service. The price is R$84 for the 60 Mb/s plan or R$180 for other speeds, and the amount is paid in 12 installments on the internet bill.

My reservation for TIM plans is related to the cancellation policy adopted by the company against those who make “excessive use”. In April 2020, the Techblog published about reports of users who had their TIM Live broadband contract terminated after exceeding 2 terabytes of traffic, even with an injunction in force by Anatel that prohibits such practice.

TIM Live coverage is still small

Okay, we already understand that broadband plans are good. But TIM’s great Achilles heel is fiber optic coverage, which is very restricted and far from being as comprehensive as the major competitors Vivo and Oi.

Therefore, the availability of contracting TIM Live’s very high speeds is very limited. By the end of the 2nd quarter of 2021, TIM had fiber optic broadband coverage in 3.8 million homes in 29 municipalities. This is very little compared to Vivo, which reached 17.3 million homes in 293 locations in the same period.

The restricted coverage makes TIM less relevant in the broadband market. According to the most recent data from Anatel, it has only 381,200 customers with FTTH technology (when the fiber goes to the customer’s house) and another 294.6 thousand connected by metallic cables (xDSL). Tele was surpassed by regional Brisanet, for example.

Anyway, TIM bets on an open network vehicle to expand its performance in fixed broadband. In May, the operator sold 51% of its network infrastructure to IHS Brasil for R$1.63 billion and expects fiber coverage to reach 8.9 million homes by 2024.

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