Central and southern Italy to get EUR127 million broadband network

28 Jun 2005

Sviluppo Italia, the Italian national agency for enterprise and inward investment development, has contracted a number of vendors for the construction of 1,800km of broadband infrastructure in the central and southern regions of the country. A consortium led by Marconi received an EUR18 million deal to construct a 260km fibre-optic network for the 184,000 inhabitants of Campania; Sirti will build a EUR26.5 million 350km network covering 131,000 in Puglia; and Mazzoni and Icotec will receive EUR12.3 million to build a 180km network covering the 105,000 inhabitants of Calabria. Sviluppo Italia will reveal the winners of EUR18 million-worth of contracts in Basilicata, Sardinia, Abruzzo and Molise later this week, and has set aside a further EUR53 million for continued broadband investment in the regions in coming years.