Telecom Italia S.P.A. (TIM) (the single brand of the Group from the beginning of 2016 which combines Telecom Italia’s solidity and TIM’s innovation) operates in all the sectors of the advanced communications chain, with highly developed business in fixed-mobile communications and the Internet; in the office & system solutions (Olivetti); in research and development (TIMLab). It is present mainly in Europe, the Mediterranean Basin (TIM Sparkle) and South America. At March 31, 2016, TIM has 11,6M retail physical accesses in Italy and a broadband portfolio equal to 9M accesses (7,1M retail and 1,9M wholesale). In the Italian mobile market, TIM is one of the main player with 29,8M lines. Abroad, TIM Brasil is the second largest operator by number of mobile lines (67,3M).
The work carried out by the R&D Departments is the outcome of a strategic partnership with the main manufacturers of telecommunications equipment and systems, and with centres of excellence in research at the most highly qualified national and international academic institutions. On the international level TIM has pledged a substantial commitment to the task of standardisation and has been involved from the beginning in the European Union Framework Programmes starting with the first pilot projects of the ESPRIT programme in 1983 and continuing as one the primary European collaborators in terms of both finance and the number of projects. In the Seventh Framework Programme TIM (formerly Telecom Italia) has been involved in more than 50 projects; in the Programme Horizon 2020 TIM is at present involved in 19 projects.
The digital era has had a strong impact on the behaviour and habits of individuals and companies, requiring a new type of communication with an increasing amount of services and content.
Thanks to advanced technological capacities, the Group can create new markets and new business areas; it has technologically advanced networks, widely distributed infrastructures and integrated platforms, to provide customers with advanced, innovative solutions, and provide access to new ways of communicating.