TIM Participações is a Brazilian holding company that provides telecommunication services through its subsidiaries TIM Celular and Intelig Telecomunicações. It services include mobile, fixed and long distance telephony as well as data transmission services, primarily using GSM, 3G and 4G technologies across the country. TIM Participações is a subsidiary of TIM Brasil Serviços e Participações, a company owned by Telecom Italia. The company started operations in 1998 and is based in Rio de Janeiro. In the 4G segment, the operator offers this technology in 746 towns and cities across Brazil, accounting for 66% coverage of the Brazilian population. It currently has over 63 million subscribers in the mobile telephony segment, accounting for a 22.5% market share. The company's fiber optic network currently spans 70,700km.