Biosite

The rapid increase in the Brazilian population has led to a growing search for spaces to install telecommunication equipment, which has resulted in clusters of aerials springing up on roofs, the façades of buildings and metal structures.

In order to regulate this situation, many cities have established rules which have made the licensing process even more cumbersome. This has led to a slowdown in the expansion of the network.

The Brazilian telecommunication association estimates that there are more than 250 different municipal laws relating to aerial permits.

In order to circumvent these barriers, TIM Brasil has launched the Biosite, a metal pole that supports all the equipment needed to install a Radio Base Station inside its own structure .

It is in effect a macro-site, developed and patented entirely by TIM Brasil, providing a triple benefit:

  • low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership);
  • quick installation;
  • minimal visual impact

Scenario

The rapid increase in the Brazilian population has led to a growing search for spaces to install telecommunication equipment, which has resulted in clusters of aerials springing up on roofs, the façades of buildings and metal structures. In order to regulate this situation, many cities have established rules which have made the licensing process even more cumbersome. This has led to a slowdown in the expansion of the network. The Brazilian telecommunication association estimates that there are over 250 different municipal laws relating to aerial permits. In order to circumvent these barriers, TIM Brasil has launched the Biosite, a metal pole that supports all the equipment needed to install a Radio Base Station inside its own structure. It is in effect a macro-site, developed and patented entirely by TIM Brasil, providing a triple benefit:

  • low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership);
  • quick installation; 
  • minimal visual impact. 

The Biosite is a multifunctional structure that improves the quality of data transmission and can be used at the same time to provide public lighting and video surveillance.

It uses less energy and has a lower environmental impact because it uses 99% less steel than a conventional radio base station and requires less physical space, avoiding the need for external cabins or auxiliary structures.

The first Biosite was installed in June 2014 in Curitiba (Paraná). Over 100 Biosites have so far been installed across the country. The technology can be found in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and a further 6 cities. The project provides for the installation of new 3G and 4G sites in additional cities and is estimated to reach 300 new installations in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Methodology

The Business Value consists of the cost reduction to install a Biosite versus a conventional Radio Base Station, calculated across 100 Biosites installed by 2015.

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MATERIALITY TOPICS

Digitisation Enviromental Digital culture People

GRI

[G4-EN6 ][G4-EN19][G4-EN23]

Projects KPIs

The new TIM Shared Value Model
TIM Shared Value Model
social need
Protection of the environment and landscape
Research and innovation for Companies
Less environmental impact
social value
Improvement in safety
social value
About 18 million reais saved
business value

Countries

Brazil
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