Telecom Italia [TIT.MI] has awarded equipment vendor Marconi [MONI.L] a two-year EUR80 million contract for the development of broadband network infrastructure. The deal forms part of the Italian PTO’s extensive broadband investment plan, which will see it update its exchanges with next-generation technologies through the replacement of its existing access layer. Marconi will supply its Access Hub technology which supports a range of services including xDSL, traditional voice telephony and ISDN; it is capable of interacting with both standard telephone exchanges and IP-based systems. The Marconi Access Hub multiservice access platform is already in use in Telecom Italia’s network. Marconi will build the new infrastructure in conjunction with Italtel, which has agreed to supply proprietary switching technology and professional services. According to sources at Telecom Italia, once the work is completed the telco will be able to begin migrating customers to ‘triple play’ ADSL services, encompassing voice, data and video, alongside broadband internet.